…Remove 98.902 Kilogram Of Hard Drugs
Authorities of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Bayelsa State on Tuesday confirmed the arrest of 59 illicit drug dealers in different parts of the state.
According to the NDLEA, though the arrest led to the removal of over 98.902 kilogrammes of different types of drugs from circulation in the state, the arrests and seizures took place during the third quarter of 2016.
The spokesman for the command, Mr. Osakwe Ikenna, in a statement issued yesterday in Yenagoa, stated that the number of suspected drug dealers arrested were made up of 12 were females while 47 were males.
Ikenna, who is a Superintendent of Narcotics and Principal Staff Officer, Public Affairs, said the recovered illicit drugs were seized in various parts of the state.
He noted that while some were recovered by the command’s operatives on motorised 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.
The spokesman stated that “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 counselling and rehabilitation services available at the state command headquarters without fear of arrest. Drug dependence has been recognised the world over as a health issue requiring treatment rather than arrest and prosecution.”
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.”