NDLEA Lagos Command nabbed over 400 illicit drug offenders in 2019
NDLEA officials on duty
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Lagos State Command, on Thursday said that it arrested 411 illicit drug offenders in 2019
Its commander, Mr Ralph Igwenagu, stated the figure in a press statement he signed.
Igwenagu, a Commander of Narcotic (CN), in the statement also said that the illicit drugs seized from the offenders amounted to 13 tones.
He said the released figure represented the command’s score card for 2019.
He also said that 197 of the arrested offenders comprising 151 males and 46 females had been charged to court for prosecution.
He also said that the remaining 214 drug users arrested during various operations across the state had been counseled and reintegrated into the society.
He added that the command in 2019 secured 83 convictions for drug offenders that were sentenced to various terms of imprisonment by the Federal High Court
The commander said that the tones of illicit drugs it seized in 2019 consisted: 7.9kg of Marijuana, 5.7kg of Tramadol, 20.9 kg of Exol 5, 38.7 liters of cough syrup with codeine.
He listed others to include: 0.04 of Raphymol, 0.18kg of cocaine 0.09kg of Heroine 28 kg of Diazepam and 0.006 of Methamphetamine among others.He also said that the command carried out public enlightenment programmes to sensitise the public on the dangers associated with the use of illicit drugs.
“The enlightenment programmes were carried out in various schools, markets, religious centres, motor parks among others.’’
He said that the command was able to record the listed achievements in 2019 because of the dedication and commitment of its officers.
He also expressed appreciation to the members of the public that provided credible information to the command.
Igwenagu also appealed to the public to continue to provide credible information to the command to enable it discharge its mandate.