The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Gombe, Nigeria has arrested 214 individuals suspected of involvement in drug abuse and other drug-related offenses. The arrests included 200 males and 14 females, who were found in possession of cannabis sativa, psychotropic substance, and methamphetamine. The deputy commander of the NDLEA highlighted the increasing trend of drug abuse among females and stressed the importance of holding the suspects accountable for their actions. He also appealed for support in utilizing a rehabilitation center and commended the Association of Professional Counsellors for their campaign against drug abuse. Stakeholders were urged to protect children from drugs.
In the north-eastern state of Gombe, Nigeria, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has announced the arrest of 214 individuals suspected of drug abuse and other drug-related offenses.
During a program organized by the Association of Professional Counsellors in Nigeria (APROCON), Mr Bello Mumini, the NDLEA Deputy Commander on Narcotics in Gombe State, revealed this information.
In his presentation titled “Drug Abuse Situation in Gombe State,” the deputy commander shared that the identities of the 214 suspects, consisting of 200 males and 14 females, were not disclosed.
Within the past seven months, these suspects were apprehended along with 93.95Kg of cannabis sativa, 257.5Kg of psychotropic substances, and methamphetamine.
Expressing concern about the prevalence of drug abuse and the increasing involvement of females, Mr Mumini emphasized the importance of holding the suspects accountable for breaking the law.
Out of the 214 suspects, 137 have been charged to court and 30 have been convicted, while the fate of the remaining suspects is pending. The NDLEA official affirmed that the law will be enforced to discourage potential offenders and those already involved in drug abuse.
Mr Bumini highlighted that drug abuse cuts across all genders, ages, and social statuses in the state. He urged young people to engage in more beneficial activities for personal growth and the overall development of the state.
Regarding the underutilization of a 24-bed capacity NDLEA rehabilitation center in the state, Mr Bumini appealed to authorities and individuals to contribute to its effective use by supporting and sponsoring clients in need of rehabilitation services.
Dr Habiba Isah, the chairperson of APROCON, praised the organization’s campaign against drug abuse and its focus on counseling young individuals about the dangers of substance use. She emphasized the need for stakeholders to address the negative impact of drug abuse on youth and called on parents to be vigilant in protecting their children from drugs.