The Niger State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested 286 drug suspects and seized 1,614.529kg of various drugs.
The state commander of the Agency, Mr Iweajunwa Joseph stated this on Thursday at a news conference that it is the number of suspects that were arrested in 2015 and the quantity of drugs seized within the same period.
He stated that the suspects arrested were made up of four females and all others are males and that the number of suspects arrested were on the increase because in 2014, only 168 suspects were arrested.
According to him, some of the drugs seized were cannabis sativas (Indian hemp), about 1,320.129kg, Diazepan tablets, 44.278kg, Tramadol tablets, 161.215kg, while cocaine was about 0.0014kg.
Mr Joseph stated that a total of 87 clients have been corrected and rehabilitated within the period adding that the NDLEA has mopped up about 8,400mls of cough syrup, codeine, the abuse of which is more prevalent among youths in the state.
“For the year 2016, the command is going to strengthen our efforts in introduction, prosecution, demand reduction especially public enlightenment and rehabilitation”, he stated.