NDLEA Commander in Sokoto State, Mr Yakubu Kibo in a press briefing to commemorate the day, appraise the activities of stakeholders in drug control, raise awareness among members of the public and to recommend further necessary action to create a drug free society.
In his statement, “This year’s celebration is unique in view of the prevailing situation worldwide brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic based on which the agency embarked on public enlightenment programmes.
“However, the effect of drugs in our communities and society at large is devastating, sadly the rate of admission of drug users across the country is also gradually increasing.
“While several of our young ones are engaged in various social crimes such as insurgency, kidnapping, armed robbery, rape, cultism, political thuggery among others.
“Moreover, today our much treasured traditional values are fast eroding because of the influence of drugs on youth and maintaining the safety of our youth as leaders of tomorrow is becoming increasingly difficult.
“In the light of the aforementioned, synergy of effort is the most effective strategy in the fight against drug abuse and illicit trafficking, and the need for cooperation both locally and internationally cannot be over emphasised,” he said.
“From January to June 2020 in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, we arrested 60 suspects with a total seizure of 186.028 kg of assorted hard drugs.
“However, after thorough investigation, suspects found to be users were counseled and others were charged to court.
” Few of them are presently in our facility undergoing rehabilitation,” the commander said.
“To this end, I call on the general public to be vigilant and report people who engage in this ugly trade to save individuals, families and the society at large from the fall-outs of drug abuse and illicit trafficking,” he said.