By: Joy Odor/Kaduna
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Kaduna State Command has arrested three suspect transporting one-hundred and thirty bags of cannabis sativa from Abeokuta to Kaduna weight eight-hundred-and-fifty-eight kilo grams.
The State Command of the Agency, Mr. Samuel Azige who made the disclosure to newsmen during the parading of the confiscated consignment at the Agency’s premises in Kaduna State, North-West, Nigeria on Thursday also informed that the cannabis sativa cost one-hundred-thousand per bag if multiplied, it is estimated to one tons.
Mr. Samuel Azige continue to explained that due to Sallah celebration, the intension of the dealers is to circulate the substance so that they can make the security activities more troublesome and expressed happiness that the NDLEA was able to seized the drugs and promised not to allow its circulation.
The State Commander noted that the distributor must have sank money into the drugs because of the scarcity of the cannabis, saying the new product have not been harvest yet and the old one is out of stock which makes it expensive.
According to him, the amount the dealer is going to realized distributing the consignment is going to amount to three times what he has put in, adding that the effect of consuming cannabis result to bandits activity, kidnappers, robbery, rapping and thuggery.
Mr. Azige said the people who have been arrested in connection with the substance will be charged to court accordingly after investigation has been concluded and the case determine by the Federal High Court and then seek the permission to burn the drugs along with others we have seized.
He lamented that NDLEAS is fighting drugs in two aspects which is the supply reduction and demand reduction, stressing that if there is no demand of the product, there will be no supply and that if you only arrest people who deal with drug without counseling them then is not a balance approach.
The State Commander said due to drug issues, the NDLEA establish drug club in schools across the state, work with NGOs, police, community leaders, traditional and religious leaders, security agencies and government to fight the drug menace which has given some success.
He mentioned that the achievement to recover the consignment is as a result of synergy between the NDLEA and the Nigerian Police Kaduna State Command because of the valid information which led to the arrest of the suspects.
Mr. Azige however appealed to the members of the public to give NDLEA information that can lead to the reduction of drugs coming into Kaduna, especially, while advising the dealers to go into a genuine business such as agriculture instead of farming cannabis.