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Osun NDLEA arrests 299 suspects in 12months

By Michael Ofulue, Osogbo

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The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Osun State Command, said its men have arrested 299 suspects in the state within a year.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Osogbo by the NDLEA Commander in the state, Mr Ninadi Chidi, said the suspects comprise 248 males and 51 females, nabbed for various drugs offences.
The NDLEA issued the statement during the commemoration of 2024 United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drugs Trafficking, with the theme:”The Evidence Is Clear. Invest In Prevention”.
Enumerating some of the achievements of the command within the period under review, the state Commander said: “A total of 299 persons were arrested in the state for various drug offences, comprising of 248 males and 51 females.
“Seizure of 1,600.949kgs of various drugs were recorded. The dominant being cannabis sativa with 1,536kg, cocaine 0.013gms, other psychotropic substance 64.936kg and 16.5litres of ‘skushes’.
“Within the period under review, 9.5 hectares of cannabis farms were discovered and 23.75 tons of cannabis sativa destroyed.
“In the area of prosecution, 58 convictions were secured at the Federal High Court Osogbo while other cases are ongoing.
“The Agency’s War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) initiative was aggressively implemented through sustained and consistent sensitization and enlightenment programs in primary/secondary schools, tertiary institutions, work places, markets places, motor parks, churches, mosques
“In the area of counseling of people who use drugs; 105 persons, comprising of 96 males and 9 females were counseled on the dangers and consequences of drug/substance abuse.”
He, however appealed to the people of the state to join hands with the agency in its efforts to curtail the drug problem so as to guarantee peace, security and development in the State.
Appreciating Governor Ademola Adeleke for his support, Osun NDLEA Commander charged the Governor on the need to cater for drug dependent persons presently referred to get help
in neighboring States.
“The need for government’s intervention to facilitate access to treatment for victims who are under the yoke of drug dependence cannot be over stressed”.
He, however, called on drug dealers and cultivators in the state to desist from the nefarious trade or face the consequences of arrest and prosecution.
“Aside conviction, proceeds and assets of the convicts used as instrumentalities of crime would be forfeited to the Federal Government.”

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