124,000kg of drugs destroyed within 7yrs in Oyo state – NDLEA

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has revealed it has ceased and destroyed more than 124,000kg of drugs in Oyo state. Ahmadu Giade, chairman and chief executive officer of NDLEA stated this while overseeing the destruction of drugs worth N1.3 billion in Oyo state.

While setting ablaze the forfeited drug exhibits, he the agency has been destroying large amounts of drugs in the state since 2006.

He said: “In 2006, the agency destroyed 2,000kg of drugs. The largest quantity of 80,050kg was destroyed in 2008, while in 2011, 27,400kg was also destroyed. Today’s exercise will bring the total quantity of drugs destroyed in the state since 2006 to 124,082.386kg.”

Governor Abiola Ajimobi and the NDLEA boss led other stakeholders in torching a total of 14,632.4kg forfeited drug exhibits with fire in the capital city of Ibadan in compliance with a Federal High Court order that mandated the agency to publicly destroy the drugs.
Speaking, the governor said his government would sponsor public enlightenment campaigns on the cultivation of cannabis and dangers of drug abuse across Oyo state.
“There is a nexus between drugs and crime. We must do everything possible to support the agency. I have approved a sensitisation campaign programme against cannabis cultivation and drug abuse in all local government areas in the state. The state is also going to construct a drug rehabilitation center to address the problem of drug addiction,” Ajimobi said.

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