NDLEA arrests 163 drug suspects in Lagos


The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Seme Special Area Command, Badagry, on Friday said it arrested 163 suspected drug dealers between January and May 2023.

Mr Abubakar Wada, Zonal Commander, NDLEA, Seme Special Area Command, disclosed this during a press briefing in Badagry.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the briefing was organised to commemorate the 2023 United Nations International Day against drug abuse and drug trafficking.

According to the commander, the suspects comprise 139 males and 24 females.

He also said the command seized different illicit drugs weighing 354.6286kgs during the period.

“The command also counselled 138 persons who used drugs,” he said.

He said the command secured convictions of 25 drug offenders during the period.

Wada said the drugs commonly abused in the zone included cannabis, tramadol, methamphetamine, diazepam and codeine.

The commander appealed to the government, community leaders, religious leaders and individuals to join the NDLEA in the fight against drug abuse in the society.

Wada said the agency was also collaborating with security agencies and non-governmental organisations to organisé programmes on the menace of drug abuse.

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