The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA has destroyed 11,669 eleven-thousand-six-hundred-and-sixty-nine kilogrammes of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances worth about 1.65 billion naira.
According to NDLEA Commander in Nasarawa State, Justice Arinze the exhibits were seized from dealers in the state. He said that the public destruction of recovered drug exhibits was part of the agency’s strategy to permanently take drugs out of circulation.
Arinze gave the breakdown of the exhibits to include eight-thousand-six-hundred-thirty-two-thousand kilogrammes of Cannabis Sativa and over three thousand kilograms of psychotropic substances such as Tramadol, Codeine and Rophynol.
He said that dealers from whom the exhibits were seized had already been prosecuted before the Federal High Court in Lafia.
Arinze said that the destruction of the drugs was significant in view of their negative consequences on society which included mental disorder, violent crimes, kidnapping and other social vices.
In his remark, Chairman of NDLEA, Muhammad Abdullah said that the destruction of the drugs was to safeguard public health and safety. He said that Nasarawa was vulnerable to drug shipment given its strategic location and proximity to the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.