National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has secured the conviction of over 400 persons for consumption of illicit substance in Benue State.
This was disclosed by the State Commandant, NDLEA Mrs. Florence Ezeonye during a courtesy visit to the Governor, Samuel Ortom yesterday at Government House, Makurdi.
Ezeonye who said that there was increase in the consumption of illicit drugs, especially amongst the youths, noted that cannibalis Sativa also known as Marijuna and other psychotropic drugs are the most commonly abused, stressing that the damage cocaine consumption would cause in the state is better imagined than said.
She said the agency is prepared to stem the tide so that it does not spread to the rural areas but complained bitterly of lack of functional vehicles to carry out the task.
The NDLEA boss also, frowned at the absence of rehabilitation centres to properly counsel the addicts so that they can become useful to the society.
Responding, Ortom expressed worry at the emerging trend in consumption of cocaine amongst the people, which he noted is alien to the culture of the people.
Ortom who attributed the incessant acts of criminality in the state to consumption of illicit drugs urged the agency not to relent in ensuring that the trend is stemmed so that innocent youths do not fall prey to it.
He donated a Toyota Hilux vehicle to the agency to enhance its mobility.

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