The Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Ahmadu Giade, yesterday said 21,871 drug traffickers were convicted across the country in the last 13 years.
Giade said this at the 2013 International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking, with the theme, “New Psychoactive Substances’’, in Abuja.
He said the agency had successfully intercepted 3.44 million kilogramme of narcotic, which comprise 2.83 million kilogrammes of cannabis, 178,120.73kg of cocaine, 195,283.92kg of heroin and 233,699kg of psychotropic substances the within same period
The chairman said drug barons had been prevented from degrading and endangering the country through illegal drug production.
He said the agency had played an important role in preventing the use of West Africa as a drug trafficking hub.
“The past few years have witnessed a remarkable achievement. In 2006, we have made seizure of 14,200kg of cocaine at the Tincan Island Port, Lagos.
It was rated the largest single seizure of cocaine in Africa and fifth largest in the world,’’ Giade said.
Giade said the arrest and conviction of these drug traffickers had made the U.S. to remove Nigeria from the drug major list in 2010.
He said that five clandestine laboratories used for the production of methamphetamine were discovered.
“Out of the five clandestine, four of them were discovered in Lagos, while the fifth laboratory was discovered in Nanka village, Anambra State.’’
He said the discovery of the drug factory propelled the theme of this year’s programme, which was aimed at fighting illicit drug trafficking to the end.
The chairman called on members of the public to expose drug traffickers selling drugs in corners shops to curb the menace.
“The agency is determined to end the agonies of families grappling with drug addiction.
We must, therefore, protect the public health, national and food security through effective drug control,’’ he said.
Bello’s Gunmen After My Life, Family -Kogi Dep Gov
Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Elder Simon Achuba yesterday alleged that the governor of the state has sent gunmen after his life.
Acbuba called on the inspector General of Police, the Department of State Services (DSS), the Army and other security personnel to safeguard his life, family members and his aides.
Achuba, who spoke with newsmen at his official residence in Lokoja said, “From all information at my disposal, the governor has mobilised gunmen to attack me.
“I want the police, SSS, IGP to know that if anything should happen to me, my family and aides, the governor should be held responsible.”
The deputy governor likewise called on the President to beam his searchlight on the state.
LGAs Responsible For Farmers, Herdsmen Clashes In Nigeria -UN
Zebulon Takwa, Peace and Development Adviser, Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, says poor Local Government administration is largely responsible for farmers-herdsmen clashes in Nigeria
Takwa, who gave the position in an interview with newsmen yesterday in Abuja, expressed concerns over “weak operational structures at the local government level’’.
He said that issues that were supposed to be addressed by local administration authority were left unattended to over a long period.
The UN official noted that most of the issues that escalated to crises ought to have been resolved at the local level by the authorities, traditional and religious leaders.
He decried the situation where structures for such prompt amicable settlement were not effective enough to prevent conflicts.
Takwa condemned the situation where most local government officials migrated to urban centres instead of concentrating on their primary responsibilities of settling crises, developing infrastructure and social amenities, among others.
Reprisal Killing: Taraba Police, Tiv, Junkun Differ On Casualities
The Police Command in Taraba State has said that only one individual was killed in what appeared to be a revenge for the alleged murder of a Junkun man yesterday.
While the Tiv claimed that no fewer than nine of their kinsmen were killed in Takum town, Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State on Tuesday, the Police said the figure was not true.
Takum is the hometown of Governor DariusIshaku who turned 65 today.
Multiple sources in Takum said trouble started yesterday morning when a Jukun man was killed on his farm along Takum-Wukari road, and irate Jukun youths in Takum went on the rampage, killing at least eight people in the town.
A resident of Takum, Mr. Nathaniel Jato, in a telephone interview with our Correspondent said the eight people killed in Takum town were all Tiv resident in the town.
“We counted at least eight dead bodies around General Hospital Junction and Zenith Bank around the Wukari roundabout.
“We were told that many people were killed around Rimi Primary school area, but there is tension, so we can’t go there.
“The Caretaker Chairman of Takum Local Government Council, ShibanTikari, has assured us that the situation will not escalate, but I am afraid the situation might degenerate if adequate security measures are not put in place,” he lamented.
Jato, who said there was threat that their houses would be attacked in the night, called on Governor Darius Ishaku and security authorities to quickly restore peace in the area to pave way for proper investigation of the matter.
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