By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Oyo State Command, under the leadership of Dr. Wale Ige has disclosed that 330 suspects, made up of 297 males and 33 females were arrested in the state in 2021.
The suspects were arrested for various drug offences which include dealing in Cannabis sativa, Tramadol, Diazepam, Rohypnol, Colorado, codeine, chocolate infused with codeine and other psychotropic substances.
He said the Command recorded a total seizure of 3,543.956kg of cannabis sativa and other narcotic and psychotropic substances during the period under review.
Other items recovered according to a statement by the agency’s Public Relations Officer, Mutiat Okuwobi included non-drug exhibits, including four locally fabricated pistols with seven cartridges, black colour Toyota Sequoia with registration Number Lagos MUS 553 with 608.40kg of C/S.
Others include, Red Nissan Primera with registration number No LAGOS FKJ 890 DZ seized alongside 85.90kg of cannabis sativa.
According to the statement, 0.692155 hectare of cannabis farm located at Olosun village, Akinyele LGA also destroyed.
Out of 101 suspects charged to court, 48 were convicted for various drug offences with jail terms ranging from six months to life imprisonment.
“The Command gave brief intervention via counselling to 104 People Who Use Drugs (PWUD), comprising 98 males and six females.
“We presently have five five clients undergoing residential rehabilitation.
“Ten persons who were rehabilitated are integrated back to the society during the year under review.
“Furthermore, the Command’s sensitisation programmes were extended to over 164 schools and some private organisations and we urge schools and other organisations to give our officers platforms to enlighten the students within the state.
“We also participated in various radio and television programmes weekly throughout the year 2021.
“The state Commander, Dr. Ige strongly believes that ‘together, we can do more and better in ridding OYO State of drug abuse and illicit trafficking’, calling for more support to make Oyo State drug-free,” the statement added.