NDLEA seizes 56,223kg Indian hemp in Kogi, decorate officers
The Kogi State Command of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has seized 56,223.824kg of cannabis sativa popularly called Indian hemp through the efforts of its patrol operation, between 2020 and September 2021.
The State Commander, Alfred Adewumi disclosed this yesterday at the launching of War Against Drug Abuse (WADA), and the decoration of 18 newly promoted officers of NDLEA in Kogi State.
Adewumi noted that the figure of the seizure excludes cannabis sativa and other illicit drug mop ups through the agency’s inland operation.
He said Kogi State sharing borders with states such as Edo, Ondo, Ekiti and Delta, which are known to be heavy cannabis sativa cultivating domains predisposes it to Cannabis Sativa trafficking and abuse.
On the launch of War Against Drug Abuse (WADA), Adewumi explained that it is a call for civil action for all Nigerians to take an active part in combating drug abuse and circulation in the country.
He recalled that on June 26, 2021, President Muhammadu Buhari launched the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA), which by the directive of the Chairman and Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. General Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd), directed that it should be replicated in states and extended to local governments and eventually to the family as a unit.
The commander noted that NDLEA in Kogi under his watch has broken 17 years record of seizures and arrest, adding that the newly promoted and decorated officers have distinguished themselves.
In his goodwill message, the Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Idrisu Dauda asked the officers to improve on their performances.
On his part, Abdullahi Mbaya, the Kogi State Controller, Nigeria Correctional Service reminded the newly decorated officers not to see their new ranks as increments in salary but more commitment to serve their fatherland.
The State Security Adviser, Commodore Jerry Omodara (Rtd). commended the NDLEA for synergising with security agencies in the fight against illicit drugs in Kogi State.