From Victor Akinkuolie Ado-Ekti
The National Drug Laws Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), Ekiti Command, has arrested 109 suspects dealing in illicit drugs business in the last 11 months in the state.
The state commandant of the Anti-drug agency Mr. Gaura Shedow, said about 1,399.7 Kilogrammes of illicit drugs were also recovered from the 89 males and 20 females suspects.
Shedow made the disclosure while briefing Journalists in Ado-Ekiti, at the weekend as part of activities to commemorate the 2020 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking held across the federation.
According him, the 2020 celebration, with the theme: “Better Knowledge for Better Care” Hashtag:#Facts for Solidarity, was meant to address the drug challenge which has been ‘plagued’ by misinformation of many kinds.
“May I use this opportunity to give you annual report of the command’s activities from July 2019 to June 2020. Within the period under review, the command was involved in series of operational activities, raid and dislodging of black spotted areas.
” The Command destroyed about 10 Cannabis Sativa Plantations within the state. The plantations measuring about 59.5 hectares of farmland were destroyed with fresh Carnabis Sativa weighing about 81.04 kg, excluding the 59 nursery beds.
“Area of destruction were Aba Igbira Forest in Iworoko-Ekiti, Ijesha Isu-Ikole-Ekiti, Ara-Ekiti, Otunja-Ekiti and Odo-Oro-Ikole-Ekiti,” Shedow said.
He added, “The command arrested a total of 109 suspects comprising 89 males and 20 females with recovery of 1,399.655 Kg of illicit substances.
“Cannabis Sativa 1,398.649 kg, Psychotropic substances 703.162 Grammes, Cocaine/Heroine 4Grammes. We secured a total of 12 conviction at the Federal High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti, (10 males and 2 females).
According to him, the command in the area of drug reduction activities counselled 106 clients and carried out 46 outings on public enlightenment campaigns to schools, market women, youths, communities, churches and Mosques.
He urged Ekiti people to shun abuse of illicit substances, saying drug dependent persons are at high risk of contracting COVID-19 during this pandemic.
”Since their choice drugs are in short supply, they may tend to experiment with new conception which aggravates their health challenges,”hhe added.