No fewer than 60 drug suspects in Imo State have been arrested between January and June 2021 and 646.23 kilograms of hard drugs seized, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has said.
Cannabis Sativa (Indian hemp) cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and tramadol are among the seized drugs while the suspects arrested were between the ages of 17 and 60 years.
Nse Inam, the Imo State Narcotics Commander, while briefing journalists on the commemoration of 2021 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking, added that the Federal Government Special Border Task Force also transferred 4,784kg of Cannabis sativa to the state command.
Further speaking, Inam, an Assistant Commander General of Narcotics, said that eight convictions secured various jail terms. He added that the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria strike affected the prosecution of the affected persons.
He said, “15 drugs addicted person admitted, two persons were successfully rehabilitated and discharged while five others were terminated for various reason. Drug education, sanitisation and public enlightenment were also carried out at Imo State University, Trinity High School Oguta, Emmanuel College Owerri and St. Silas Anglican church Amawire Uratta among others.”
“Drug abuse and trafficking portend serious danger to any society. For us to tackle the problems of insecurity, we have to take the issue of drugs and trafficking seriously”, he added.