National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has arrested about 251 illicit drug suspects in the last 12 months in Enugu State.
Mr. Anthony Ohanyere, the NDLEA commander in the state, disclose this on Monday at the 2015 United Nations Drug Day celebration in Enugu.
Ohanyere said that the agency also seized a total of 1,339,000 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa and 14 grammes of cocaine worth N130 million during the period.
He added that the drugs were not part of the cocaine and heroin impounded at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport.
The commander said that the state was under “the yoke of illicit drug pandemic” alongside other states of the federation.
He called on all Nigerian parents to care for their children as well as inculcate good values in them to ensure a better society.
In his speech, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, represented by Mr Benjamin Ajah, the Secretary to the State Government, condemned illicit drug trafficking.
Ugwuanyi said that the government would continue to fight drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking in Enugu State.
He said his administration would leave no stone unturned in battling all elements associated with drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking.
The governor called on the youth in the state to be law abiding by desisting from illicit drugs and other vices to make the society free from crimes.
The guest lecturer at the occasion, Dr Paul Odinka of the Psychiatric Unit of the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH, said illicit drugs use was common among males between 18 years and 34 years, adding that majority of them did so before the age of 22.
Odinka said that drug abuse had serious negative consequences on anyone who indulged in it and on the entire society pointing out, that the effect of drug abuse led to many evil practices, especially rape, robbery and mental illness, among others prevalent in the society.
He urged Nigerians to support the NDLEA in making sure that drug abuse was eradicated to ensure a crime-free society.


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