The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Rivers State Command, has arrested 150 people for allegedly being in possession of various narcotic drugs such as cocaine, heroin, cannabis, and psychotropic substances such as tramadol, refnol and methamphetamine. The suspects are made up of 136 males and 14 females.
The arrest of the suspects was contained in a press statement issued in Port Harcourt by the Rivers State Commander of NDLEA, Rachael Shelley.
According to the statement, 574.76kg of various illicit drugs were seized from the suspects in Rivers State between the first and second quarter of 2016.
Also within the period under review, 28 drug peddlers were convicted and 27 rehabilitated.
The statement noted that a representative of the agency has been included in the peace and security committee recently inaugurated by the Rivers State Governor Barrister Nyesom Wike, noting that the agency had no representative in the initial list released by the government.
The Commander enumerated some of the constraints hindering the effective operation of her command to include lack of office accommodation for officers, dilapidated office complex, as well as lack of standard rehabilitation centres for male and female inmates, adding that the only vehicle owned by the agency was donated by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
She called on the Rivers State Government, multinational companies and well-meaning individuals to come to the aid of the agency, by providing them with logistics for effective operations, especially now that drug abuse is on the increase in the state and the country at large.
The NDLEA boss assured the general public that the command will continue to collaborate with other security agencies to stem the rising wave of insecurity in the State.
She further advised parents and guidance to be mindful of the company their children and wards keep, adding that they should educate their wards on the need to shun drug abuse, as the effects are disastrous to health.
She admonished those already involved in drug consumption to turn a new leaf, stressing that the Command will not rest in its oars until all the perpetrators are arrested and prosecuted in line with the law of the land.