NDLEA arrests 2, seizes 1503kgs of illicit drugs in Zamfara
By Abba Kabara, Gusau.
Zamfara state command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has recently impounded 1503.044 kilograms of assorted illicit drugs and arrested two suspects in connection with the illegal possession of the items.
The state commander of the agency Mr. Gabriel Adamu Eigege who disclosed this to the press in Tsafe Area Command today, said the area command acting on information, had on 11th this Month, intercepted a Mercedes Benz truck with registration number “ANAMBRA XY 200 FGG along Gusau/Sokoto road carrying illicit drugs.
He disclosed that on inspection of the vehicle, a huge consignment of assorted illicit drugs were discovered concealed in various corners of the truck.
Mr. Adamu explains that items discovered in the vehicle include 185kgs of Cannabis Sativa, 11.5kgs of Hypnox, 14kgs of Diazepam, 22.7kgs of Valinex-5, 310kgs of Exol-5, and 59.844kgs of Codeine Syrup amount to several millions of naira.
He regrets that all the illicit and harmful items were targetted to be dispensed in Zamfara state and the youth were the target, lamenting that “if the huge load of the naferious drugs were allowed to infilterate into the society, it will surely disturb the peace of the state”
The state Commander also disclosed that two suspects , (name withheld) were arrested in connection with the crime, and were still being held pending the outcome of further investigation.
He warned all drug dealers to keep their distance from Zamfara state , “as my command would never allow such heartless persons to continue destroying the youth population in their greed to get rich”, he stressed.
Speaking at the occasion, the state commissioner for security and home affairs Hon. Abubakar Muhammad Dauran, while commending the efforts of the agency, said the interception of the dangerous drugs was a great achievement to his ministry
He expressed the belief that these illicit drugs were the major cause of most crimes in the state such as banditry, kidnapping, as he observes that once it is consumed, the person becomes hallucinated and rendered heartless, animalistic behaviour without feeling any remorse for crimes committed as a result of the drug.
He said the heroic action by the Tsafe zonal command led by Mr
Halilu Hamidu can be rated as mother of all seizures as it is one of the largest ever recorded since the creation of the state.
In his response, the governor of the state who spoke through his commissioner for local government and chieftiancy affairs Hon. Yahaya Chado Gora also stressed that most of the crimes committed against humanity are orchestrate from the use of such drugs.
He said the state government is particularly pleased with the seizures of such large size of illicit drugs by the Tsafe zonal command, giving assurance that his government will remain committed to assisting the state command, recalling that recently the government donated two new operational vehicles to boost the command’s morale.