The Osun State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said it arrested 207 suspects in the state in 2018 over drug abuse. 194 males and 13 females were arrested.
The substances seized included 1148.538kg of illicit substances, made up of 1065.285kg of cannabis sativa and 83.25kg of psychotropic substances. Also, 10.455 hectares of cannabis sativa farms were identified and destroyed in various locations in the state.
The command successfully secured the conviction of 29 drug suspects while 58 cases are still pending at the Federal High Court, Osogbo.
Drug abuse among Nigerian youths is endemic. It cuts across all strata of the society. The habitual effect derives from peer influence, parental negligence and government’s inability to stem the tide for ages. Drugs are known to induce social vices, civil upheavals and other forms of criminalities. All hands needs to be on deck so that this menace of drug abuse can be wiped out. However, the government needs to establish functional rehabilitation centers to cater for those who have already been addicted.
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