The Kogi State Command of the Nationwide Drug Legislation Enforcement Company, (NDLEA), says it seized 56, 223.824kg of Hashish Sativa popularly known as Indian hemp between 2020- September 2021.
The State NDLEA Commander Alfred Adewumi disclosed this on Thursday on the launching of the Struggle In opposition to Drug Abuse, (WADA), programme and ornament of newly promoted officers of NDLEA in Kogi State.
Adewumi famous that the determine of the seizure excludes hashish sativa and different illicit drug mop ups by means of the company inland operation.
He mentioned Kogi State sharing borders with states corresponding to Edo, Ondo, Ekiti and Delta that are recognized to be heavy Hashish Sativa cultivating domains predisposes it to Hashish Sativa trafficking and abuse.
“The mixture of the illegal however thriving drug enterprise on the Ogbogwu Market in Onitsha, with the attainable existence of Clandestine Laboratories for the — manufacturing Of Methamphetamine in each Anambra and Delta states that are neighbouring states to Kogi in addition to the proximity and easy accessibility it offers to the Nnamdi Azikiwe Worldwide Airport, Abuja additional makes Kogi a excessive threat for the illicit drug enterprise.
“The waterway offers a possibility to site visitors medication from Hashish Sativa plantations and Psychotropic substances markets in Edo, Delta and Anambra States and ferried throughout River Niger into Idah in Kogi, and for upward distribution into the far northern states of Nigeria.
“The invention of over twenty-six hectares of Hashish Sativa plantations within the jap a part of the state within the yr 2020 and one other twenty acres within the yr 2021 in the identical axis are indicative of home cultivation of medication.
” It may be surmised that the very important positioning of Kogi State, in addition to the multi-racial composition of the state’s demography together with its nearness to the FCT and different peculiarities enumerated above, make the state a strategic and veritable location for transit site visitors, native manufacturing/cultivation and consumption of medication,” he mentioned.
On the launching of the Struggle In opposition to Drug Abuse, (WADA), Adewumi defined that it’s a name for civil motion for all Nigerians to take an lively half in combating drug abuse and circulation within the nation.
He recalled that On 26″ June 2021, President Mohamadu Buhari, launched the Struggle In opposition to Drug Abuse (WADA) which by the directive of Brig. Common Mohammed Buba Marwa, Retd, Chairman and Chief Government of NDLEA OFR must be replicated in states and to consequently devolve to the native ‘ authorities and ultimately to the household as a unit.
”Through the launch, the President whereas urging all well-meaning residents to enlist within the battle towards drug abuse asserted that “the drug battle was extra harmful than the battle towards insurgency and banditry as a result of it focused three generations for destruction”.
The State Safety Adviser, Commodore Jerry Omodara Rtd. counseled the NDLEA for synergizing with safety companies within the combat towards illicit medication in Kogi State.
Omodara mentioned ” What NDLEA did in a single yr beneath the current Commander in Kogi is commendable. We recorded collection of arrests and discoveries of enormous cultivation of hashish sativa in Ofu, Igalamela, Idah Native Authorities and lots of extra. If these laborious medication had gained entrance into society the safety scenario will worsen.
“We’re conscious that a few of these drug peddlers have modified techniques. They’re now utilizing inns to perpetuate their crimes. We’re coming after them. The current administration will proceed to guard the lives and properties of residents”
He warned youths to avoid medication as anybody caught will face the total wrath of the regulation.
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