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Illicit drugs trafficking worsens as NDLEA uncovers more cannabis farms in Kano

By Murtala Adewale, Kano
25 June 2022   |   4:04 am
Trafficking of illicit substances in Kano has worsened with a total of 12, 611.656kg of illegal drugs seized by the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) between July 2021 and June 2022.

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Trafficking of illicit substances in Kano has worsened with a total of 12, 611.656kg of illegal drugs seized by the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) between July 2021 and June 2022.

The current figure indicated over 3, 000 kg increase in the number of seizures when compared to about 9,000kg made by the agency between 2020 and 2021.

Besides the prevalence in the trafficking, the drug agency uncovered five cannabis farms at various villages within the state.

An Abuja businessman whose name was not unveiled apprehended in connection with one of the farms.

The cannabis farms uncovered in Fari village at Dawakin-Kudu Local Government Area (LGA), Yar Bundu village, Bichi LGA, Kiru, LGA, Mantau forest Danbatta LGA and Nassarawa village in Gwarzo LGA of the state.

The Kano State commander, NDLEA, Abubakar Idris Ahmad rolled out the figure yesterday, while addressing journalists as part of activities marking United Nations International day against drug abuse. 

According to the Commander, out of 12,611.656kg illicit drugs seized in the last 12 months, Cannabis Sativa contains 9, 735.004kg, 5.223kg of psychotropic substances, 1.123kg of Cocaine and 0.128kg of Heroin.

Abubakar added that within the same period, a total of 1,887 persons between the ages of 18 to 35 were arrested. He explained that 185 suspects were arraigned with 70 convicted while 109 suspects with cases pending in court.

He noted that one of the convicts, Salisu Yau; aged 45 was sentenced to life imprisonment.

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