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NDLEA arrests 186 suspects, seizes 61.24kg of illicit drugs in Jigawa

Jigawa State Command of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested no fewer than 186 suspected dealers in illicit drugs in the state.

The command said the suspects were nabbed from January to date, adding that it also seized 61.24 kilogrammes of assorted narcotics and psychotic substances during the period.

Commandant of the agency in the state, Mrs Josephine Ruth, made this known at a news briefing as part of activities to commemorate 2019 United Nations’ International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Ruth said the suspects were 182 males and four females.

“The drug war is more challenging now than ever. The difficulties of today led many people into drug dependency.

“In Jigawa, this involves the abuse of cannabis sativa, codeine and psychotic substances such as Diazepam, Exol, Tramadol and Rohypnol as well as non-conventional substances, including rubber solution, such as die and lizard dung,” she said.

She accused dealers of illicit drug of instigating mob to attack the agency’s personnel in some places where they raided hideouts of drug dealers and users.

“The dealers are also sneaky and desperate; they often instigate mob to attack our law enforcement agents.

“We are, however, collaborating with sister agencies in our fight against drug abuse,” she stated. The commandant, however, assured that the agency would not be discouraged in its effort to make the state drug-free.

“The NDLEA in Jigawa in undaunted and will continue to work to sanitize the state through arrests, seizures, diligent prosecution and counselling,” she said.

According to her, 22 of the suspects have been successfully convicted, while 108 persons, including three females, were counselled by the agency within the period.

Ruth listed inadequate manpower and poor logistics as major challenges militating against the agency’s effective fight against drug abuse and trafficking in the state.

She, therefore, called for support from government and organisations, adding that “not only the state or federal governments, but everyone can assist NDLEA to enable us perform better”.

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.