NDLEA seizes 1,699kg of illicit drugs, arrests 149 suspects in Kogi

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has arrested 149 suspects and seized 1,699kg of illicit drugs between January and June in Kogi.

The NDLEA Commander in Kogi, Abdulkadir Abdullahi-Fakai, made the disclosure at a news conference on Tuesday in Lokoja, as part of a week-long celebration of the United Nations Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking.

The event has as its theme: ‘Addressing Drug Challenges in Health and Humanitarian Crisis’.

The commander said the suspects included males and females, while the seized drugs included Codeine, Methamphetamine, Exol-5, Diazepam, tramadol, Cannabis sativa, and Pentazocine among others.

“Consequently, the command has convicted 29 accused persons and other cases are still pending at the Federal High Court, Lokoja,” he said.

He described the drug abuse situation in Kogi as highly disturbing and called for collective efforts to tackle it.“The drug situation in Nigeria and indeed Kogi is disturbing, especially being a microcosm of Nigeria

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