NDLEA destroys 19,234kg of seized drugs
From Sani Gazas Chinade, Damaturu
Borno State Command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has seized and destroyed 19,234 kilograms of nicotine and illicit substance intercepted from drug traffickers, couriers and users within the state, in line with constitutional provision of the country.
NDLEA chairman, Col. Muhammad Abdallah (rtd) said those mostly affected by the illicit drugs and substances were the youths, which are the future of the nation, stressing that governments at all levels must invest heavily in rehabilitation and treatment of victims of drugs and illicit substance users.
He commended the military, police, NSCDC and other security agencies for the collaboration and synergy, while urging them to continue to work together, he said the fight against the illicit drugs and substance is a collective one.
The NDLEA chairman said: “I am delighted to attend the destruction of nicotine and illicit substances seized by the Borno State Command of the NDLEA, the first time since my assumption as the chairman of the agency.
“What you are seeing here today it could have been consumed by our youths.
“To us in NDLEA, these illicit substances are worthless, because our job is to safeguard every single life, whatever it costs, is not important to us and we don’t care.
“Our job in NDLEA is to ensure that drugs and illicit substances are destroyed and all their dealers, couriers and transporters are kept out of business.”
The state governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum said: “today we are witnessing yet another milestone in Borno by destroying about 20,000 kilograms of nicotine and illicit drugs and substance.
“This is a great achievement for us in Borno. Recent media reports indicate that Kano, Borno and Niger States have the highest cases of drugs and illicit substances.
“This is worrisome because the users are mostly our youths who are our future, hence we need to do something urgently to save our future.
“The consequences of these are the challenges of raping, Gender Base Violence kidnapping and other security challenges we are witnessing today.
“Therefore there is need for collective efforts and collaboration to fight the menace.
“I urge all stakeholders, especially NDLEA, police, customs, NAFDAC, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria to work collectively, as drugs and illicit substances traffickers and users are dynamic.”
Also speaking, the state chairman of the Task Force Against Illicit Drugs and Substances and the Attorney General of the state, Barr. Kaka Shehu Lawan said: “His Excellency, Governor Babagana Zulum has directed that all expired drugs should be mobbed out of all hospitals both public and private ones.
He also approved the destruction of all drugs and other illicit substances in the custody of the police.
Earlier in his welcome address, the state Commander of the NDLEA, Mr. Joseph Iche said: “Today we are witnessing the destruction of 19. 234 kilograms of drugs and Illicit substances worth billions of Naira, which consist of cannabis sativa , cocaine, heroin, expired drugs and other illicit substances intercepted and sized in the state.”