NDLEA seizes 188kg of drugs, arrests 71 suspects in Ebonyi
Ebonyi State command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), yesterday revealed that the command in its undaunted effort to sustain the onslaught against drug abuse in the state has arrested 71 drug offenders.
The command added that it also seized a total of 188 kilogrammes of drugs.The state commander of the agency, Ralph Igwenagu, who disclosed this during the occasion of the United Nations International Day against Drug abuse tasked the society to change their attitude towards the fight against drug abuse, stressing that such change will go a long way to curtail the menace which has eaten deep in our society.
Igwenagu noted that the theme: Listen First, is important and critical considering the colossal damage caused by drug abuse in our society today.He urged parents and guardians to always listen to their children and wards regularly to help them grow healthy, safe and protect them from negative external influences, noting that this has become imperative mostly where the pressure of business and work has made it difficult for parents and guardians to interact regularly with their children and wards.
He maintained that this programme is an opportunity for a critical self-appraisal of our operational activities and also a veritable platform for feedback from members of the public, which will help to provide the compass necessary to chart the appropriate direction as we endeavor to sustain the momentum of the drug war in the state.
He further warned the people, especially youths to keep away from drug stressing that harmful consequences of drug abuse are so devastating that everything must be done to reduce it to the barest minimum so as to save the society from decay.
“Drug abuse causes increase in violent crime, youth restiveness, armed robbery, murder, rape, road and industrial accidents, and other social vices. It has brought about unprecedented breakdown in social and family values, increase in school dropout, low productivity and spread of HIV/AIDS,” he said.
Igwenagu who explained that in Ebonyi State the fight against drug is yielding the needed results, added that the agency is clamping down drug hideouts in the state and those arrested are prosecuted.
He said that out of the 71 suspects arrested, 65 were males and six were females adding that 27 have been convicted, another 27 have been counseled and discharged while three drug dependent persons are still undergoing rehabilitation.