NDLEA arrests 133 suspected drug traffickers in Oyo

NDLEA arrests 133 suspected drug traffickers in Oyo

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Oyo State Command, says it arrested a total of 133 suspects for various drug-related offences in 2020.

 

The command’s Public Relations Officer, Mrs Mutiat Okuwobi, made this known in a statement in Ibadan on Friday.

 

She noted that 44 convictions were recorded during the year, adding that the convicts were currently serving various jail terms, ranging from six months to 10 years.

 

Okuwobi said that the command also seized 4,739.195 kilogrammes of Cannabis Sativa, also known as Indian Hemp, and other illicit substances during the period under review.

 

Besides, the public relations officer said that the command destroyed two marijuana farms at Ajani village in Ona-Ara and Oluyole Local Government Areas.

 

She further disclosed that the command had no fewer than 51 persons currently undergoing counselling.

 

Okuwobi said: “There is hope for people who use drugs, so parents and loved ones should never give up on them.

 

“Stakeholders must work together to get useful information on drug abuse to win the fight against trafficking in our communities.

 

“The NDLEA command appreciates the support from the state government and other stakeholders during the year.”

 

The 133 arrests in 2020 indicates a decrease, compared with the 201 arrests recorded in 2019.

 

However, the 4,739.195 kilogrammes of drugs seized in 2020 increased from the 3,703.58 kilogrammes of illicit drugs which were confiscated in 2019, reflecting a 28-per-cent increase.

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