March 27, 2023

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)under Oyo State has arrested 72 suspects for various drug-related offences. 52 males and 20 females within the age range of 17 and 60 years was captured.

Mrs Mutiat Okuwobi, the Public Relations Officer, NDLEA, Oyo state command disclosed this in the 2022 third-quarter report of the agency.According to her said the suspects were caught allegedly dealing in Cannabis sativa, Cocaine, Tramadol, Diazepam, Rohypnol, Colorado and Codeine. Others are amphetamine, skoochies and cake mixed with cannabis between July and September.

“Within the same period, 3.851 acres of cannabis sativa farmland located at Oluwo village, Ido LGA, was destroyed.“Equally, within the same period, 17 suspects were charged to court and 13 were convicted for various drug offences with jail terms ranging from six months to four years imprisonment.“The command also gave brief intervention in terms of counselling to 38 People Who Use Drugs (PWUD) made up of 30 males and 8 females.“Presently, we have six clients undergoing residential rehabilitation. They will be reintegrated into the society after successful completion of their rehabilitation,“ Okuwobi said.She explained further that the command’s sensitisation programmes had been extended to over 206 schools, some private organisations and also held some weekly radio and television programmes during this period.“We urge schools and other organisations to give our officers some platform through which enlightenment of their students and workers within the state can be done.“The State Commander, Abdullahi Saeed, has advised the public to complement the efforts of NDLEA as it cannot afford to sit by and pretend that all is well when our youths are being hooked to drugs and their future being destroyed.“It is our collective responsibility to make our land free of drugs. Join us in making Oyo State drug-free,” she said.

The command under the leadership of the Commander of Narcotics, Abdullah Saeed, also seized a total of 502.076kg of cannabis sativa, and other narcotic and psychotropic substances during the period under review.Okuwobi said that the command recovered non-drug exhibits which included one locally fabricated pistol with one cartridge and four rounds of 9mm live ammunition during the period.

Marvelous Ogidi

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