The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has arrested about 214 suspects for drug-related offences in Gombe state.

NDLEA operatives also seized 93.95 kilograms of cannabis sativa, 257.5 kilograms of psychotropic substance and methamphetamine from the suspects within the period under review.

The Agency’s State Deputy Commander on Narcotics, Bello Mumini, made this known at a programme organised by the Association of Professional Counsellors, APROCON, in Nigeria on Monday on a paper he presented titled, Drug Abuse Situation in Gombe State.

He explained that the 214 suspects included 200 males and 14 females, adding that of the 214 arrests, 30 convictions had been secured, while 137 of them had been charged to court.

Mumini  also decried that drug and substance abuse in the State cut across gender, age and social status, lamenting that many women had been found abusing drugs.

On her part, the chairperson of APROCON, Habiba Isah, lamented that drug abuse had become one menace that should worry all stakeholders given its negative effects on the youth.

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