Benue NDLEA secures seven convictions, arrests 41 drug suspects

The Benue State command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has secured seven convictions and arrested 41 suspected drug offenders within two months.

The Command equally confiscated 0.187kg of Psychotropic substances including tramadol, 0.055 kg of Glutathione and 16 litres of monkey tail from users and peddlers.

This was disclosed on Tuesday by the Benue NDLEA Public Relations Officer, Philimon Saror during a sensitisation lecture in Makurdi.

He lamented that demand for illicit drug consumption in the state remained high which necessitated the sensitisation lectures by the command.

Saor said the increase in demand for illicit substances in the state was a result of the younger ones joining the queue of drug consumption on a daily basis.

He noted that the command would not relent on its duty but continue to suppress the situation to a very minimal level.

Saor said, “For the month of April 2024, we have a seizure in this manner: 31 males, and four females, totalling 35. We also seized 0.055 kg of Glutathione and 16 litres of monkey tails.

“We have five convictions and have filed another seven new cases. Under the Drugs Demand Reduction, we have 13 interventions, those arrested and counselled by the DDR officers were released.

“We carried out other activities at the Dangote Group of companies and NYSC orientation camp, Wannune in Tarka LGA. Another sensitisation programme was held at the Centre for Entrepreneurship Studies, College of Education, Katsina-Ala.

“We did another sensitisation lecture with the executive members of the Nigerian Youth Council, Benue State. We also did another one at NKST Hospital Makar Gboko for people living with HIV/AIDS ”, Saror stated.

He further disclosed that the command had also rehabilitated some people who were caught in the act of drug abuse.

“Right now, we have some of them in our facility who are undergoing rehabilitation. It is my advice that members of society should stay off illicit drugs while parents should monitor their children closely.

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