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NDLEA arrests 133 drug-related offenders in Oyo

From Stella Obi, Lagos

No fewer than 133 suspected drug offenders were arrested in 2020 by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Oyo State Command.

Making the disclosure in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan, on Friday,  the Public Relations Officer of NDLEA in the

command, Mrs Mutiat Okuwobi, disclosed that

record showed a decrease compared with the 201 arrests made in year 2019 despite the 28 per cent increase from the 3,703.58 kilogrammes seized in 2019 against the year under review. 

The statement read that a total of 44 convictions were recorded during the year. The convicts are currently serving various jail terms ranging from six months to 10 years.

It read that the command also seized 4,739.195 kilogrammes of Cannabis Sativa, otherwise known as Indian hemp, and other illicit substances during the period.

A total of 51 people are reported to be currently undergoing counselling while the command destroyed two marijuana farms at Ajani village in Ona-Ara and Oluyole Local Government Areas of the state.

The statement read, “There is hope for people who use drugs so parents and loved ones should never give up on them. 

"Stakeholders must work together to get useful information on drug abuse to win the fight against trafficking in our communities.

“The NDLEA command appreciates the support from the state government and other stakeholders during the year.”

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