Three Decades After Pablo Escobar’s Death, Drugs Ravage Medellin

 

 

Three decades after cartel boss Pablo Escobar was shot dead by police on a rooftop in Medellin, the very city he had sought to uplift with drug money is being ravaged by it.

Junkies frequent hundreds of sales points dotted around Colombia’s second city, which has become the epicenter of the domestic drug trade.

“Easy access? Yes, absolutely. In Medellin you can find it anywhere. Even on the floor you find drugs,” Manue Morales, an out-of-work engineer and chronic user of “basuco” — the cheapest drug on the market — told AFP.

Basuco is derived from the coca leaf also used to make cocaine, and mixed with other low-grade substances.

His hands shaking, 32-year-old Morales inhaled a dose in a public park, using a pipe fashioned from a PVC tube, even as pedestrians and police milled around.

“I am a bit nervous,” he confessed.

“The truth is that one is less cautious and it (the basuco) can cause you to do stupid things,” said Morales, who lost his job due to drug use.

Four brief months later, all his worldly belongings fit into a worn briefcase, and he often sleeps rough.

Morales’s downfall, he said, started at a so-called “vice plaza” — drug vending points that numbered about 160 in Medellin ten years ago, according to police.

Researchers estimate the figure is now closer to 800.

– ‘Billion-dollar industry’ –
In 2013, some 3.5 percent of Colombians said they had ever taken an illegal substance, according to the state statistics agency.

By 2019, the number had almost tripled to 9.7 percent.

With aid from the United States, leader in the global “war on drugs”, a Colombian crackdown since the early 2000s has forced traffickers to look homeward.

“A concentration of product was generated… that could not be exported due to this strong anti-drug policy,” said toxicologist Juan Carlos Sanchez.

Domestic clients, however, are not getting the best of what the world’s largest cocaine exporter has to offer.

Instead, they are getting hooked on cheaper, low-quality and often dangerous drugs.

With 2.2 million inhabitants, Medellin is today the city with the highest drug consumption — 15.5 percent — in Colombia.

The Medellin city council estimates that each drug “plaza” can make up to $75,000 a month — the equivalent of some 300 minimum salary earners.

But authorities say the increase in domestic drug use has gone hand-in-hand with rising insecurity.

Since 2018, more than 2,500 people have been killed in gang wars nationally, police general Herman Bustamante told AFP.

Official data does not distinguish between gangster and civilian deaths.

– ‘Mafia peace’ –
In Medellin, the numbers reveal a paradox.

In 1992, at the height of the search for Escobar, the city’s homicide rate was 350 per 100,000. Last year it was down to 15.5, even as drug use has surged.

According to Luis Fernando Quijano of social development NGO Corpades, this was more telling of a “mafia peace” than of any real progress.

There were “pacts,” he said, between narco gangs and some local authorities to allow drug trade in exchange for relative security in their areas.

“When seizures are made… it is often not the product of (police) intelligence,” Quijano added. “They are delivered (by the narcos) to create the image that… the security strategy is working.”

Bustamante conceded that some police have been arrested for colluding with traffickers, without giving numbers.

“As long as there are consumers… criminals will see a business opportunity,” he said.

– ‘The Bronx’ –
In 2018, then Medellin mayor Federico Gutierrez accompanied nearly 1,000 police who bulldozed the city’s main drug market, known as “The Bronx.”

Gutierrez, the right-wing candidate in presidential elections later this month, has vowed a harsher police clampdown on domestic drug trafficking.

His leftist rival Gustavo Petro wants to address drug use as a public health problem.

Since 2021, the government has demolished at least 129 vending spots countrywide.

But many quickly return, including The Bronx.

Twenty-four hours a day, vendors call out the names of their wares: “blones” (marijuana joints), “rocks” (cocaine), ecstasy or “wheels” as they call Clonazepam pills, a psychiatric medicine with sedative effects.

Others offer “tusibi” — calling it “tusi” for short or sometimes “pink cocaine” — the latest party drug based on Ketamine mixed with substances such as ecstasy and mescaline, a psychedelic derived from a cactus.

Though “banned” from street sale — considered too harmful even by the gangs — those who want it can also find heroin, at about $2.5 per gram.

Addict Julian, his discolored skin stretching over the pronounced cheekbones of his emaciated face, told AFP he needed to inject himself four times a day.

As night fell, Julian — who did not want to give his full name — met his supplier in a park thronging with people.

The transaction takes mere seconds.

“Before, you did not see people injecting themselves in the street, discarding syringes,” said Julian. “We were few.”

But no longer.

NDLEA Arraigns 10 Thais, Nine Nigerians Over Hard Drugs Importation

A file photo of an official of the NDLEA backing the camera.

 

The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arraigned ten Thailand citizens, nine Nigerians and a vessel, MV Chayaneenaree before the Federal High Court in Lagos for allegedly importing 32.9 kilograms of cocaine into the country.

The foreigners and their alleged Nigerian accomplices were docked before Justice Daniel Osiagor on a four-count charge of conspiracy; unlawful transportation and unlawful importation of the said ban narcotic.

The Thais arraigned alongside the vessel were: Krilerk Tanakhan; Boonlert Hansoongnern; Jakkarin Booncharoen; Thammarong Put-t-Ek; Worrapat Paopinta; Marut Kantaprom; Werapat Somboonying; Urkit Amsri; Panudet Jaisuk and Amrat Thaw.

While the nine Nigerians were: Samuel Messiah; Ishaya Maisamari; Ilesanmi Ayo Abbey; Osabeye Stephen; Gbenga Ogunfadeke; Kayode Buletiri; Rilwan Omotosho Liasu; Saidi Sule Alani and Jamiu Adewale Yusuf.

The NDLEA prosecutor, Mrs Theresa Asuquo told the court that the defendants were arrested on October 13, 2021, at Apapa in Lagos.

She said the defendants allegedly committed the offences alongside: Kehinde Enoch, Ayo Joseph and one Tunde, who are all said to be at large.

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Asuquo maintained that the offences are contrary to and punishable under sections 11 (b), 11(a) and 14 (b)  of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

All the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to them by the court’s registrar with the assistance of an interpreter.

After their pleas were taken, Asuquo asked the court for a trial date and an order remanding the defendants in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services.

But their lawyers: Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Atoyebi, Benson Ndakara, Bolanle Kolawole, Chief Lilian Omotunde and Bayo Onifade asked the court to hear the bail applications they had already filed on behalf of their clients.

Atoyebi told the court that the Thailand Nationals have earlier been granted administrative bail by the NDLEA for $1000,000 each and the owner of the vessel had also provided a $5 million Bond for the vessel.

The senior lawyer, therefore, urged the judge to allow the foreigners to continue to enjoy the terms of the administrative bail granted to them by the NDLEA.

Atoyebi also urged the court for an order stating that upon the verification of the bond by the Admiralty Marshall or its substitute, the men of Nigerian Navy on board of the vessel disembark forthwith and the vessel be released to sail.

Other lawyers in the matter also informed the court of their client’s bail applications and urged the court to admit them to bail in the most liberal terms.

In her reply to the application, the prosecutor told the court that the NDLEA was only opposed to the bail application filed by the 12th to the 20th defendants.

She told the court that the vessel and the 10 Thais, have been granted administrative bail on some terms, which they had complied with.

Asuquo said, “Before now, they were granted administrative bail by the agency and we have executed ‘escrow account’, where they deposited $100,000 each.

“For 12th to 20th defendants, we are only asking that the bail conditions to be given to them should be one that will compel them to attend their trial.” she stated

She further informed the judge that the vessel has been released based on the security provided by the owners.

In his ruling, Justice Osiagor directed that the Thais will continue to enjoy the bail terms granted to them by the NDLEA. He granted bail to the Nigerians in the sum of N1 million each with one surety each in like sum.

The judge ordered that the surety must be resident within the court’s jurisdiction.

Justice Osiagor also granted the request made by Atoyebi on the release of the vessel.

He then adjourned the case till May 17 for the commencement of the trial.

NDLEA Arrests Ghanaian, Two Others With 9.9kg Cocaine, Meth

A file photo of an official of the NDLEA backing the camera.

 

A Ghanaian and two Nigerians have been arrested for allegedly trafficking a total of 9.953 kilograms of Cocaine and Methamphetamine.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency which disclosed this via a statement on Sunday said the suspects were apprehended at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu respectively.

NDLEA Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, said one of the suspects, Uzoh Ndubuisi Johnson was nabbed on December 8 during an inward screening of Ethiopian Airlines passengers at the Arrival Hall of the airport.

It was gathered that Uzoh who arrived from Brazil via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia was controlled and arrested with clothes impregnated with cocaine, which has a gross weight of 6.7 kilograms.

“While being interviewed by narcotic officers, Uzoh said he was given the consignment by his enabler based in Brazil for which he would be paid N3 million upon successful delivery to someone in Nigeria,” the NDLEA spokesman said.

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Similarly, another trafficker, Udeh Charley was arrested at the Enugu airport for ingesting 72 wraps of Cocaine weighing 1.253 kilograms.

The 53-year-old suspect was nabbed on December 3 during outward screening of Ethiopian Airlines passengers going to Rome, Italy via Addis Ababa.

“In custody, he claimed he would have been paid 4000 Euros on the successful delivery of the drugs in Italy where he has been living for over 20 years. He attributed his decision to engage in the ignominious trade on the downward turn of his business as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In a related development, another trafficker, 25-year-old John Kadja, whose father is from Kumasi, Ashanti region of Ghana and mother from Nsukka, Enugu State was arrested on Friday 3rd Dec with 2 kilograms of Methamphetamine during an outward clearance of Qatar Airways from Abuja to Doha at the departure screening area of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. A search of his bag showed that the drug was concealed in a false bottom of his checked-in luggage. He said he was travelling to Doha to work as a labourer,” the narcotics agency stated.

Similarly, NDLEA operatives arrested 43-year-old Onuoha Friday with one million capsules of Tramadol along the Lagos-Benin Expressway in Ondo State while two major arrests were made in Anambra state where a total of 238.973 kilograms of assorted illicit drugs were recovered.

On his part, NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (rtd) commended the officers and men of Enugu, Abuja airports commands and their counterparts for the arrests and seizures in the past week.

Marwa equally charged them and their compatriots across the country to remain vigilant and resolute in the collective mission to rid every part of Nigeria of illicit drugs.

NDLEA Nabs 70-Year-Old Woman, Others With Illicit Drugs

The suspect arrested with illicit drugs in Edo State. Credit: NDLEA

 

A 70-year-old woman, Beatrice Aigbedion, has been arrested with over 5,000 kilograms of assorted illicit drugs in Edo State,

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) disclosed this via a statement issued on Sunday, saying its operatives nabbed the suspect alongside others in various parts of the state.

“After days of surveillance, NDLEA operatives on Wednesday 24th November stormed a warehouse at Uhiere, Ovia North East Local Government Area of the state, where they recovered a total of 4,261.5kg of cannabis Sativa and a suspect, Ikong Stanley, arrested,” the statement read.

“At the point of her arrest in Irrua last Wednesday, 70-year-old Mrs. Aigbedion was caught with different quantities of Codeine cough syrup, Swinol, and Rohypnol while another dealer, Joseph Onyemaechi, 50, was also nabbed at Ikpoba Okha, Upper Sakponba- Benin City, on Friday with different types of psychotropic substances weighing 2.055kg. Similarly, Gabriel Akioya and Isa Salihu were arrested on Thursday 25th Nov at Irrua, Esan Central LGA with various quantities of Codeine, Tramadol, Swinol, and Rohypnol.”

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Similarly, NDLEA operatives at the weekend seized 12,385 kilograms of Loud Cannabis, a strong variant of the illicit weed imported from a neighbouring country and smuggled into Lagos through the waterways.

The agency acted on credible intelligence that 12,385 pellets of Loud Cannabis were brought in from the West African country through the ocean and ferried with boats to the Eko Atlantic Beach, Victoria Island from where they would be distributed to drug hotspots such as Island, Peti Alagba, and others across Lagos and other states.

It was gathered that over 50 narcotic officers stormed the beach on Saturday 27th November and recovered the consignments along with two long trucks, a Toyota Sienna bus.

During the operation, three suspects – Abdulkadri Zakari, Ka’abu Sausu, and Lawrence Adie – were apprehended.

In Delta State, operatives raided Hampton Towers and Spa Hotel, Okpanam Road, Asaba where Dobedient Etumudor and Thompson Chukwuemeka were arrested with different quantities of psychoactive substances, while another dealer, Emeka Ben was nabbed with 4.7 grams of Methamphetamine along Asaba – Ibusa road. Other suspects arrested on Thursday 25th Nov in the state for dealing in Meth, Cannabis, Cocaine, and Heroin include Ifeanyi Odibe, Uche Onwurah, and Justice Obika.

In Kano, a drug dealer, Alhaji Bukar Malan Abdu, was arrested and 143 kilograms of cannabis were recovered from him while 466kg of the same drug was seized in the home of one Bashir Shuaibu, an indigene of Edo State but resident in Kano, who deals in Cannabis Sativa.

The statement added, “On Thursday 25th Nov, a drug dealer in Maiduguri, Borno state, Chima Obi was arrested in a follow-up operation following the seizure of his drug consignment, 73.2kg codeine, at an NDLEA checkpoint in Postiskum, Yobe state same day.”

Reacting to the arrests and seizures in Lagos, Edo, Delta, Kano, and Yobe states, NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the officers and men involved in the operations.

While urging them along with their compatriots in other commands not to rest on their oars, he charged them to always strive to record greater feats until the drug supply and drug demand reduction targets of the agency are fully achieved.

43 Arrested Over Illegal Activities In Lagos

 

43 persons have been arrested in connection with some illegal activities in the Ikeja area of Lagos.

Head, Public Affairs Unit of the Lagos State Task Force, Adebayo Taofiq confirmed this in a statement on Sunday.

According to the statement, the arrest was made after operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce) raided all streets within Central Business District including surroundings of the Afrika Shrine, Alausa, Ikeja, over the weekend.

Chairman of the Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi was also quoted to have said that the enforcement operations became imperative following complaints from members of the public about the activities of miscreants constituting a nuisance, as well as illegal street traders around the Shrine.

“The night enforcement operation was carried out on all roads around Afrika Shrine where hard drugs like Tramadol, Codeine, Skunk, Weed, Illegal Mixed Liquor, Assorted Food and all sorts of consumable and non-consumable items are freely sold on the streets in defiance of security agencies and government authority,” he said.

 

 

According to the statement, one of the arrested persons, Tunde Babalola who was caught with a bag of substance suspected to be Indian hemp confirmed that he had been selling hard drugs for eight years, particularly around the Afrika Shrine.

He further explained that dealing in hard drugs has been a lucrative business because he realised an average profit of between N60,000 and N100,000 weekly from customers around the Obalende, Akala, Mushin, Bariga and Ikeja areas.

Another arrested trader who identified herself as Mrs. Abike Adeyemi was also said to have disclosed that she pays N1,900 every week to a representative of the Ikeja Local Government from the sales of ‘Skuchies’ and ‘Hot drinks’ around the ‘African Shrine’.

CSP Egbeyemi therefore, stated that the enforcement operations will be a continuous exercise in line with the vision of the present administration to rid the state of criminals.

“The Lagos State Government has vowed to sustain the security onslaught on all areas identified as criminal hideouts and hard drug outlets across the State, especially within the metropolis,” he said.

Also according to him, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Zubairu Muazu has directed that all those arrested should be immediately prosecuted.

Nine Sentenced To Death In Vietnam Over Hard Drugs

Vietnam Flag

 

Nine drug smugglers were sentenced to death in Vietnam on Friday for selling methamphetamine and heroin in a country with some of the toughest drug laws in the world.

Heroin has long been the drug of choice among users in Vietnam, mostly older men, but synthetic drugs use is on the rise especially among a growing class of hard-partying youth.

The sentences handed down Friday were among the toughest in years and came after a four-long trial in northern Ha Nam province.

The ringleaders were convicted for trading 18.5 kilograms (40 pounds) of heroin and 563 grams of methamphetamine in northern Vietnam, according to the state-run Vietnam news agency.

Three others were given life in prison, and 10 others were sentenced to between seven to 21 years in jail in connection with the drug ring.

“The investigation showed that 22 defendants had illegally traded drugs many times,” Ha Nam people’s court said on its website.

Separately, four men were also sentenced to death in northeastern Cao Bang province on Friday for dealing heroin, state media reported.

Communist Vietnam has long vowed to tackle “social vices” including drug use, which is prevalent throughout the country.

It has some of the harshest punishments in the world, and anyone caught with more than 600 grams (21 ounces) of heroin or more than 20 kilograms of opium can be sentenced to death.

Authorities have struggled to contain a growing trend among youth for synthetic drugs such as Ecstasy, methamphetamines or Ketamine.

Seven people died after using drugs at an electronic music festival in September in Hanoi, a buttoned-up capital with a reputation for being conservative.

Many of the synthetic drugs on the market in Vietnam come from the notorious Golden Triangle region, a lawless borderland region covering parts of Thailand, Myanmar and Lao.

AFP

NDLEA Seizes Four Tonnes Of Cannabis In Benue

The Benue state command of the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has seized four tonnes of Cannabis and 2.3 grams of Cocaine across the state.

The state commander of the agency, Florence Ezeonye, while parading some suspects also lamented over the level of attacks on its personnel in the cause of trailing and intercepting the dealers.

She expressed concern over the increasing rate of cannabis cultivation in the state, noting that a total of 175 suspects were arrested during the course of the year.

The Commander, therefore, called on traditional rulers to help the campaign against hard drugs, stating that over 75 youths have so far been convicted for illicit drug trafficking.

Many Nigerian Youths Rely On Hard Drugs To Be Happy – Murray-Bruce

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A Federal lawmaker, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, has decried the alarming state of drug abuse among Nigerian youths saying the majority of young people rely on it to be happy.

Speaking on Tuesday during the plenary at the Senate House of Assembly, the lawmaker said the addiction of drug abuse has eaten deep into Nigerian society including the homes of the majority of Nigerian lawmakers.

“This is a very serious issue and I am sure my colleagues here when they were in school may have had classmates who were on drugs. When I was in high school, a few of my classmates were on drugs.

“I urge my colleagues to go home and pay attention to your children. You may be shocked that somebody in your household is on drugs. Always happy, always smiling and you have no idea why that child is smiling because that child is on drugs.”

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The lawmaker who is representing Bayelsa East said the issue of drug abuse is extremely serious as these drugs are easily accessible to Nigerian youths, both the poor and rich who rely on it to be happy.

“There are reasons why people get on drugs. The rich kids get on designer drugs because it makes them high and happy. Poor kids get on drugs because there is a level of hopelessness in their lives and when the drug makes them high it gives them relief.

“When we talk about rehabilitation, it is important we understand why people get on drugs first. Then we figure out a way to solve the problem. If we have 60 million Nigerians unemployed, 11 million kids out of school, 6 million people who just lost their jobs in the last two years, it is not surprising that lots of people are on drugs.”

Bruce added that this serious issue is not limited to Northern Nigeria as some people wrongly believe but it is a general issue affecting Nigerian youths and it must be handled with a focus on the core of the problem.

“This is a serious problem and it must be addressed in a manner that deals with the cores of the problem. They say it’s in Northern Nigeria but it is all over Nigeria.

“It is a serious problem as the drugs are purchased readily available. I urge my colleagues to go home, there is no way 109 of my colleagues will go home and not find somebody in their household who is on drugs. I urge this Senate to take this very seriously,” he said

 

Store In Alaska Begins Legal Sales Of Marijuana

cannabisA store in Alaska, a state in the United States, has begun retail marijuana sales, with buyers queueing up to buy legal marijuana on its first day.

The store’s grand opening took place on Saturday, one which the operators referred to as the “high noon.”

The store, ‘Herbal Outfitters, in Valdez, finally opened nearly two years after voters approved allowing people from 21 years and above to re-creationally use ‘pot’.

The company’s offerings will mark the first time it’s legal to buy ‘pot’ under the voter initiative approved in November 2014.

Furthermore, the passage of this law made it legal under state law to possess up to an ounce of marijuana outside of a home.

The store launch comes less than a week after the opening of the state’s first testing lab, ‘Cann Test’, in Anchorage.

A worker tends to cannabis plants

The laboratory which would be used to test cannabis products such as flowers, edibles and concentrates, opened on Monday after clearing regulatory hurdles days before.

General Manager of the Herbal Outfitters, Derek Morris, said the store would initially carry only dried cannabis flowers, adding that manufacturers of edibles and concentrates are still in various stages of the permitting process.

In Fairbanks, another city within Alaska, two marijuana retail stores are planning to open in weeks to come, after final inspections are completed, with a third one being launched in about a month.

Public Benefit

In 2012, Colorado became the first state to legalise the possession and sale of marijuana for recreational use.

In 2013, a measure to impose sales and excise taxes of 25% on the newly legalized recreational marijuana and earmark the first $40 million in revenue for public schools was approved.

This move according to the then government, showed a willingness on the part of Colorado voters to tax marijuana for the public benefit

This however, is in sharp contrast to what applies in many other states across the continent where the use of Marijuana or any other form of ‘hard drugs’, is highly prohibited and considered a crime which draws severe sanctions from the government.

cannabisIn Nigeria, there is high prohibition for the use of illicit drugs, enforced by the National Drug Law Enforcement
Agency, (NDLEA).

The agency had in different operations, destroyed large expanse of cannabis farms in states such as Oyo, Osun and Ogun, among others.

Facts About Cannabis- 

Research has suggested that: Young people who smoke cannabis run the risk of a significant and irreversible reduction in their IQ.

A UK expert said the research might explain why people who use the drug persistently, seem to under-achieve.

Stopping or reducing cannabis use, failed to fully restore the lost IQ.

Persistent cannabis use for over 20 years is associated with neuro-psychological decline.

This is according to the U.S. journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

cannabisConstant consumption builds up tolerance, in which users desire to consume stronger drugs to achieve the same level of highness, causing greater risk of IQ drop.

Among the short term dangers are:

Loss of coordination and distortions in the sense of time, vision and hearing.

Sleepiness, reddening of the eyes, increased heart rate as well as appetite and relaxed muscles which may result in reduced productivity levels.

Plateau Security: Agencies Warn Against Arms Proliferation

Arms Proliferation In PlateauSecurity operatives have expressed worry over the rising proliferation of small arms and light weapons in Plateau State, north-central Nigeria.

Commander of the Task Force, Major General Rogers Nicholas, made the declaration while parading some crime suspects at the Operation’s Headquarters in Jos, Plateau State capital.

He noted that the proliferation of weapons was a threat to the peace of the state which they have been working hard to restore.

Major General Nicholas disclosed that the 13 suspects were on parade for various offences ranging from unlawful possession of firearms, armed robbery and car snatching as well as buying and selling of hard drugs among others.

He said six members of an armed robbery gang were apprehended in Langtang, southern part of the state while a syndicate that specialises in the business of hard drugs were also arrested by officers of the task force during their routine operations.

However, the special task force in the state, code-named “Operation Safe Haven”, says it has put strategies in place to mop up such weapons.

The Commander expressed delight that the inter-agency collaboration between the Task Force and other security agencies has been yielding positive results in the fight against crime and urged the public to give relevant information.

He advocated for a review of the criminal justice administration which he said has been an impediment in dispensing justice as it concerns various arrests made by the task force.

Hard Drugs Worth 13bn Naira Destroyed In Kano

NDLEAThe Kano State government on Wednesday led the destruction of hard, fake and counterfeit drugs worth 31.8 billion Naira arrested by the Kano state police command.

Destroying the drugs, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said he had directed the State Chief Judge and Grand Kadi to ensure that suspected drug dealers and addicts were prosecuted without fear or favour and in accordance with the law.

Kano State is still on the top list of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, as a sate with the highest drug consuming record in Nigeria.

The State Governor, the State Police Commissioner and members of the State Executive Council set ablaze about 8,974 cartons of hard drugs comprising cocaine, Indian hemp, and other intoxicating substances seized by the police at various occasions across Kano State.

“Kano will not continue to be a dumping ground for drug dealers and addicts. Aggressive measures are being put in place to sweep Kano and to apprehend all drug dealers and addicts,” Governor Ganduje stressed.

Mr Ganduje also urged youths to desist from dealing in drugs and key into government various empowerment programme, as there would be no hiding place for drugs dealers and addicts in the commercial city of Kano.

He further said that his government had already empowered the State Reformatory Institute to rehabilitate drug addicts and integrate them back into the society.

According to him, training in different skills and startup capital would also be given to the rehabilitated addicts.

Briefing the Governor on the command’s activities in recent times, the State Police Commissioner, Musa Katsina, said the drugs seized comprise of 2,818 bags of Indian hemp, 11,399 compressed wraps of Spiro gyrations as well as different brand of other intoxicating substances.

The commissioner also told reporters that so far, 361 suspects were arrested and that 211 of them were charged and remanded in prison.

Although Kano State Government in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies are still coming to terms with the increasing cases of illicit drug trading  and abuse.

Efforts are, however, still required to remove Kano state from the NILE list which rank Kano number one state in drug trading and consumption in Nigeria.

Drug War: Peddlers are now very desperate -MMIA NDLEA Commander

Alhaji Hamzar Umar the Commander MMIA; NDLEA said on the declared against drug by the NDLEA going the spate of drug seizures lately that Nigerians have decided to go drug rampage as a lot of the peddlers are desperate to achieve their aim and to him it is very sad.

Mr. Umar who was a guest on Sunrise Daily said further that these peddlers channel their talents and efforts wasted on this illicit business into possible ventures.

Watch complete interview for more details.