The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it arrested over 300 alleged drug dealers with more than 460kg of Cannabis Sativa, tramadol, and other drug substances in Katsina state.
According to Sule Momoudu, the NDLEA Commandant in Katsina, the suspects were arrested since January to date by operatives of the agency in various parts of the state.
He made the disclosure on Friday, September 4 during an advocacy visit to the state government to appreciate its support to the agency and solicit for more.
While stating that NDLEA was ready to fish out drug traffickers in Katsina and bring them to book, Momoudu asked the state government to increase its support and recognition of NDLEA as a law enforcement agency as it had no representative in all the Coronvirus-related meetings held.
He believes security is development and Nigeria cannot thrive in the atmosphere of insecurity, stressing the need to ensure drug education is taught in primary and secondary schools to basically prepare students to understand the dangers of drug abuse.
“There is the need to establish Drug Control Committee and enhance the capacity of drug-free clubs and increase drug abuse awareness campaign by sponsoring inter-school quiz competitions,” the NDLEA commandant said.
In his response, Deputy Governor of the state, Mannir Yakubu, who received Momoudu pledged the government’s commitment to supporting and assisting the agency in tackling the menace of drug abuse and trafficking in the state.
Yakubu expressed worry over the involvement of some youths and women in drug abuse.
He noted that the security challenges like banditry, kidnapping, and cattle rustling in Katsina were connected to drug abuse, hence the need for all stakeholders to put all hands on deck to tackle the problems.