HomeNewsNDLEA arrests 37, intercepts...

NDLEA arrests 37, intercepts 820 ampoules of pentazocine injections – VELOXNEWS


The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested 37 suspected drug users and dealers and seized 820 ampoules of pentazocine injections in Katsina State.

The NDLEA Commander in the state, Mr Mohammed Bashir told newsmen on Friday in Katsina that the suspects were arrested within a 24-hour operation.

He explained that five of the 37 arrested were suspected drug dealers, while 32 were drug users, including a woman and a cripple.

Bashir said that all the 32 suspected drug users would be tested “and the result would determine whether they will be resident clients or go home.

“It is so sad that just an arrest of one ampoule of pentazocine led the operatives to the arrest of close to one thousand ampoules of pentazocine injections.

“The pentazocine injection is the narcotic injection that is being abused now in the state.

“One user was arrested with one ampoule of the injection and when he was interrogated, he took us to where he bought it,” he added.

The commander said that led to the arrest of the main dealer at Kofar Durbi, where 820 ampoules were discovered.

“You can imagine if these were not intercepted or seized; probably in the next few days it would have been in the system of our youths,” he said.

Bashir said the issue of substance abuse in the state has become alarming, in spite of efforts by the NDLEA and the state government to contain it.

“If you look at the suspects, they are between the ages of 17 and 35; it is so sad.”

The commander said that the NDLEA would render counseling and treatment for those arrested.

“Those who actually need brief intervention, we are going to do intervention for them and allow them to go and probably do a kind of follow up.

“We are going to separate them from those who actually need serious interventions like counseling, rehabilitation and integration.

“But the essence is not just arrest, counselling and letting them go. We want to keep them for a period of three months where some of them will go through proper counseling and rehabilitation.

“The government is supporting us with that. We are going to keep them here. While doing that, we expect them to learn a vocation, probably shoe making,” the commander said.

According to him, the target of the intervention is to ensure that they are free from drugs and have earned lifetime skills to be self-reliant. (NAN)

- A word from our sponsors -

spot_img

Most Popular

More from Author

Diri, INC resolve Tompolo, Asari, Ateke rift

From Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa and Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, AbujaBayelsa State governor,...

I’ll ensure free medical services to 100m poor Nigerians

By Chinelo Obogo and Adanna Nnamani, AbujaPresidential candidate of the...

Without power, Africa can’t develop

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has disclosed that without adequate electric...

PFN disowns Bishops for holding meeting with Tinubu

From Noah Ebije, Kaduna, Paul Orude Bauchi, Godwin Tsa, Abuja...

- A word from our sponsors -

spot_img

Read Now

Diri, INC resolve Tompolo, Asari, Ateke rift

From Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa and Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, AbujaBayelsa State governor, Douye Diri, alongside leaders of  the Ijaw National Congress (INC) and other stakeholders have waded into the controversy arising from the N48 billion pipeline surveillance contract awarded by the Federal Government to Chief Government Ekpemupolo, also...

I’ll ensure free medical services to 100m poor Nigerians

By Chinelo Obogo and Adanna Nnamani, AbujaPresidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Mr. Peter Obi, has promised to ensure that 100 million poor Nigerians have access to free medical services through an integrated health insurance scheme if elected.He spoke  at Success Conference in Abakiliki, Ebonyi...

Without power, Africa can’t develop

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has disclosed that without adequate electric power, all efforts and energy to develop Africa economically and socially, will not materialise. Obasanjo and other world leaders spoke on Friday during the FIN International Trade and Investment Forum, a side line event at United Nations...

PFN disowns Bishops for holding meeting with Tinubu

From Noah Ebije, Kaduna, Paul Orude Bauchi, Godwin Tsa, Abuja and Gyang Bere, JosThe Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has disowned the “Pentecostal Bishops Forum of Northern Nigeria” for holding meeting with Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).Deputy National Secretary of the...

7 burnt in Lagos road accident

By Emma NjokuNo fewer than seven people lost their lives yesterday when a commercial bus reportedly caught fire in the Iyana Oworo area of Lagos State.Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, who made the disclosure in a statement, yesterday, said...

Senate, PDP set for showdown on INEC nominees

From Fred Itua and Ndubuisi Orji, AbujaThe Senate and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may be heading for a showdown on plans by the upper legislative chamber to confirm five residents electoral commissioners (RECs), accused of belonging to All Progressives Congress (APC).In separate interviews with Daily Sun,...

Over 60 customers emerge winners in Dangote cement N1bn

The Dangote Industries adjudged the ‘Most Valuable Brand’ in Nigeria for its ability to deliver on its promises to consumers of its products continues to live up to the mandate, as over 50 winners have emerged as instant Mmllionaires of Dangote Cement Plc. in the North East. A...

Gunmen kill 2 traders in Kano

From Desmond Mgboh, KanoFresh fear has enveloped the Sabon – Gari area of the metropolitan part of Kano State, following the killing of two Igbo traders by some yet to be identified gunmen.The deceased are Ifeanyi Elechukwu, aged 41, who probably was the target of the...

Day Abiriba community staged one million man

From Okey Sampson, UmuahiaMonday, September 12, will remain evergreen in the minds of those who want change from the old order in the nation’s political landscape. It was the day and the first in Abia, that the entire Abiriba community in Ohafia Local Government Area of...

Julius Berger commences repair works on 75 km Abuja-

Julius Berger Nigeria Plc has begun an immediate emergency repair around Kilometre 75 Abuja – Kaduna expressway. This is in response to the hardship caused by the deplorable condition of that portion of the highway.The construction company is currently reconstructing the 376-kilometer Abuja-Kano Road (AKR) and...

SERAP sues Buhari, Malami over failure to

Socio–Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari over “the failure to publish copy and details of the agreement the Federal Government recently signed with the United States for the repatriation of $23 million stolen by the late dictator Sani...

We’re in court to deepen our

From Lateef Dada, OsogboThe Election Petition Tribunal set up to look into alleged discrepancies in the July 16 governorship election in Osun State would commence sitting today.Secretary of the tribunal, David Umar told Daily Sun that the pre-trial would begin  and the parties have been duly...