The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has said no fewer than 677 traffickers have been convicted and jailed between  January and March 2022.


A spokesperson for the agency, Femi Babafemi, in a statement  on Wednesday, said within  the period  under review, a total  of 3,359 arrests were made, while 65,915,891 kilograms of assorted drugs were  seized



‘’No fewer than 2,223 drugs users were also counseled through brief interventions and rehabilitation in NDLEA facilities across the country in the first quarter of the year; figures that represent a fair balance between the agency’s drug supply reduction and drug demand reduction activities.



‘’Lagos has the highest figure of drug seizures, with 22,192.62kg of illicit substances recovered from parts of the State, followed by the Murtala Muhammed International  Airport Command, Ikeja, also in Lagos, with 8, 979.869kg of drugs seized between  January and March,  while Kano and Kaduna led the pack in the arrest of offenders with  194 arrests each within the same period.


‘’A total of 257 hectares of cannabis farms  were destroyed  in forests across the Ondo States;14.869 hectares suffered the same fate  in Edo  and a hectare des4troyed in Bayelsa Stae  within  the same period.’’




‘’A further breakdown of the drugs seized within the first quarter of the year shows cannabis leading the table in January with 8,205, 75kg; followed by codeine -414.281kg; diazepam -192.459kg; tramadol-135.067kg; Rohypnol-43.062kg and cocaine -24.32kg,’’ Babafemi added.




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