NDLEA destroys 14,632 kilogrammes of illegal drugs exhibits Ibadan

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The Oyo State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), on Thursday in Ibadan destroyed about 14, 632 kilogrammes of illegal drug exhibits.
Alhaji Ahmadu Giade, the National Chairman and Chief Executive of the NDLEA, identified drug control as the first line of crime prevention.
Giade made this known during the destruction of the drugs at Akilapa Village, along Lagos/Ibadan expressway, Ibadan.
However, the 14, 632kg of drugs destroyed on Thursday were made up of 14, 624kg of cannabis 7kg of Psychotropic substance, 603grammes of heroin and 69 grammes of cocaine.
He said that most crimes were perpetuated under the influence of drugs.
According to him, in order to reduce crime rate, we cannot ignore the control of drugs, this is what the NDLEA has consistently been doing.
“However, drug control is a shared responsibility that must be embraced by everybody,” he said.
He, therefore, appealed to the government, public and private sectors to support the NDLEA in combating the scourge.
“On our part, training and re-training shall continue to receive priority attention.
“I am optimistic that through strict adherence to best practices; drug barons shall have no hiding place in the state.
Mrs Omolade Faboyede, the Oyo state commander of the NDLEA, said that the state had a frightening drug abuse problem.
“Within the last two months, the command has destroyed large acres of cannabis farms in three local governments in the state.
“I believe that the battle can be won, but as long as there are users, drug trade will continue,” she said.
In his response, Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State said that his administration was committed to fighting drug abuse.
“The drug war has always been a major challenge across the world, but in Oyo state, we will continue to collaborate with stakeholders to stem this evil.
“We are aware of the prevailing dangers and in support of what the NDLEA is doing, my administration shall work towards the provision of a functional rehabilitation centre,” he said.
This is the fourth time the NDLEA will destroy cannabis and other dangerous drugs publicly in the state.
The first one was in 2006 with 2,000kg of drugs destroyed. In 2008, 80,050kg were destroyed while 27, 400kg were destroyed in 2011.

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