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NDLEA laments high rate of drug trafficking in Borno

By Ndahi Marama

MAIDUGURI — The Borno State Commander of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), Dr. Wale Ige, has said the unique geographical location of the state, bordering the three countries of Cameroon, Chad and Niger, makes drugs trafficking thriving business in the state, adding that, this is evident in the magnitude of illicit drug seizures at the borders of the state.

Ige disclosed this recently while briefing journalists on the United Nations Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in his office at the NDLEA’s headquarters, Ngamboru Ngala road in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

He said the theme for this year’s event was not different from last year’s, stressing that it is a three-year theme which began in 2007 and culminated this year with the question: “Do Drugs Control Your Life, Your Community? No Place for drugs,” which enlightens the public on the destructive effects of drugs.

“Today is a day which the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for international campaign has set aside to raise awareness on the major problems posed by illicit drugs to the society and especially young people and to inspire and mobilise support for drug control and demand reduction across the world,” Mr. Ige said.

On the achievements recorded by the command, Ige explained that the agency between January this year and the time of the commemoration, the Borno State command of the NDLEA arrested a total of 27 person (26 males and a female) with the seizure of illicit drugs comprising 643.155kg of cannabis (Indian hemp) and 26.925kg of psychotropic substances made up of Tramol, Diazepam (Vallium) and Nitrazepam (Mogadon).


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