NDLEA Arrests 67 Persons In Edo For Alleged Drug Trafficking

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Edo says it has arrested 67 persons for allegedly trafficking in various drugs in the state. The Commander of the agency, Mr Buba Wakawa on Thursday said the suspects that comprised 47 males and 20 females were arrested in various parts of the state between July and August. He also disclosed that suspected illicit drugs totalling about 779.572 kilograms were seized within the period.

According to the commander, about 45.5 hectares of land estimated to yield about 216, 835 kilogrammes of suspected cannabis sativa were also destroyed. Giving a breakdown of the figure, the commander said that about 114.75 kilograms of suspected cannabis sativa were seized and about 667.62 kilograms of the same substance abandoned by the owners were confiscated.

He further stated that a cannabis survey was being conducted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) under the European Union (EU) funded project in collaboration with the Nigerian Government and technical support from the Nigerian Air Force. Wakawa described cannabis cultivation as a major threat to food security, peace and development in the state, and appealed for the urgent intervention of leaders at all levels.

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