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NDLEA Arrests Suspected Illicit Drug Peddlers In Bayelsa

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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 at 3:57 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

IGONIKO ODUMA

Yenagoa

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Bayelsa State Command has arrested 59 illicit drug dealers in the state.

The agency said it also removed 98.902 kilogrammes of different types of drugs from circulation in the state.

Osakwe Ikenna, the command’s spokesman, announced these in a statement on Tuesday in Yenagoa, adding that the arrests and seizures took place during the third quarter of 2016.

Ikenna, a Superintendent of Narcotics and Principal Staff Officer,
Public Affairs, said of the number arrested, 12 were females while 47 were males.

According to him, the recovered illicit drugs were seized in various
parts of Bayelsa.

He said that while some were recovered by the command’s operatives on motorized patrol along the East-West Road, others were recovered within the state capital and other local government areas in the course of raids on notorious joints and houses of notorious drug dealers.

“This haul of seized drugs and arrests is just one of the measures to sound a note of warning to unrepentant drug dealers in the state to desist from this evil and sinister trade.

“The command is poised to locate and apprehend them (illicit drug dealers) wherever they may be hiding and carrying out their illegal and destructive trade.

“Parents, relatives of drug dependent persons and even drug dependent persons, are hereby encouraged to avail themselves of the counseling and rehabilitation services available at the state command headquarters without fear of arrest.

“Drug dependence has been recognized the world over as a health issue requiring treatment rather than arrest and prosecution”, he said.

He urged parents and guardians to imbue themselves with knowledge on drug types and signs of drug use in order to be equipped to identify possible drug use among their children and wards.

Ikenna said such knowledge would facilitate early intervention,
advising them to listen to the words and thoughts of their children
and wards to understand when they are crying out for help.

“It is trite that there can be  no manner of crime  perpetrated in the
society without the involvement of illicit drugs.

“Consequently, to achieve a peaceful, crime free and economically viable society, all organisations and individuals must see themselves as stakeholders and contribute to make the state drug free”, he added.