By Laraba Usman
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Gombe state command , says it has secured a total of 44 convictions out of the 353 suspects arrested and prosecuted for various drug related offences in 2023.
The Gombe state Commander of the NDLEA, Mr. Ekechukwu Ekere, made this known while briefing news men in Gombe on the success recorded by the command in 2023.
Acording to him In the year under review the command had seized over 1,038.248 Kg of various illicit drugs and substances during various operations and motorised patrols across the state.
He said the drugs seized were as follows Canabis sativa 640.792bkg,Tramadol 112.175Kg, Amphetamine 37 gm, Rohypnol 77gm, Exol-5 43.703 kg, Pentazocin3 300ml and cod3in3 83 ml.
He also said the state command had counselled eight male clients in it’s rehabilitation facility while the number of persons who use drugs referred for brief counselling from the investigation unit were 218.
Ekere who stressed the importance of the Rehabilitation facility in the fight against drug abuse however said the command can not bear the cost of running the facility alone urging the state government to provide financial support in maintaining the facility.
He commended the support and cooperation of stakeholders, Non-Governmental Organizations and office of the First Lady of Gombe state in the fight against drug abuse in the state saying that without their support the command would not have recorded the success it did.
He said the drug war was not an NDLEA war alone as it requires all hand to be on deck in tackling the menace.