national Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) yesterday said that it arrested 55 suspected drug traffickers in Niger State.
The arrest, the state NDLEA Commander, Mrs. Sylvia Egwunwoke, took place in different parts of the state between January and July, 2019.
Egwunwoke said that 27 of those arrested were already convicted.
She said: “About 2,19.187kg of cannabis sativa, psychotropic substances (1,104.267kg), pentazocine injection (0.042 litres) and cough syrup with codeine (10.4 litres) were seized from the suspects during the period under review.
“The total solid drugs seized is 3,294.454kg while that of liquid drugs is 10.442 litres. We cannot allow drug traffickers to take over the state. We will not relent in frustrating the activities of drug peddlers in the state and the nation at large.
“We have reached out to traditional and religious leaders to mobilise residents to volunteer information on those in the illegal business in their midst.”
The commander, however, appealed to the public to always report suspicious activity or individual to the relevant authorities, to rid the state of drug trafficking.