By Obinna Unaeze
The NDLEA in Niger on Monday said that it had arrested 252 suspects and seized 3,073.9 kilogramme of Indian hemp (cannabis sativa) in the state.
The NDLEA Commander in the state, Mr Joseph Iweajunwa, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna, said that the operations were carried out between January and September.
“Our operations in Niger State from January to September 2016 led to the arrest of 252 suspects and seizure of 3,073.997 kilogramme of cannabis sativa,’’ he said.
Iweajunwa said that within the period, the agency also seized 1, 530 litres of liquid drugs, especially cough syrup with codeine.
He said the NDLEA also counselled and rehabilitated 90 drug addicts in the state within the period under review.
The agency, he added, secured convictions of only nine of the suspects because the judge at the Federal High Court, Minna, went on leave.
“Now that the judge has resumed more suspects will be tried,’’ he said.
He advised motorists, especially commercial vehicle drivers, to scrutinise the kind of goods in their vehicles before embarking on a journey to avoid embarrassment.
Iweajunwa commended the government and residents of the state for their support in the war against illicit drugs.