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NDLEA nabs 46 Suspected Drug Barons in Gombe

NDLEA nabs 46 Suspected Drug Barons in Gombe

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National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, Gombe State Command, said it arrested 46 suspected drug barons in the last eight months. The state NDLEA’s commandant, Mr Aliyu Adole, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency ofNigeria in Gombe on Friday. He said operatives of the agency also confiscated about 230.34kilograms of banned psychotropic substances between January and August 2018. Adole said out of the numbers, 27 of the suspects were awaiting trial, while 19 were convicted to various prison terms within the period under review. According to him, most of those involved in the act are youths, while the confiscated drugs are dangerous to their health. “The activity of the agency from January to date was very successful; the agency went out in search of drugs peddlers and
NDLEA Seizes 4668.880kg of Cocaine, Heroin, Others at Lagos Airport

NDLEA Seizes 4668.880kg of Cocaine, Heroin, Others at Lagos Airport

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency said it had seized about 4668.880kg of drugs at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, since the beginning of the year till date. The NDLEA Lagos Airport Commander, Garba Ahmadu, said the seized drugs were 16.06kg of cocaine; 7.5kg of heroin; 6.260kg of a mixture of cocaine and heroin; 15.64kg of Cannabis Sativa; 42.88kg of methamphetamine; 119.46kg of ephedrine; 4,449.9kg of tramadol and 11.18kg of phenacetin. According to him, the number of persons arrested with seized drugs during the period under review is 43, comprising 38 males and five females. Ahmadu noted that the number of seizures made this year had almost tripled compared to what was seized last year as a result of the high demand for tramadol and the relationshi...
Sincerity, Proper Funding Panacea to Drug Abuse — PSN President

Sincerity, Proper Funding Panacea to Drug Abuse — PSN President

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The President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, Pharm. Ahmed Yakassai has identified sincerity of purpose, political will and proper funding of drug regulatory agencies as major strategies to check drug abuse in the country.  Yakassai who spoke at the commissioning of the new Secretariat of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, ACPN, in Lagos noted that the way out of drug abuse is not only to punish  abusers but to have proper control of the drug system. “How do we get these drugs, most of them come through the seaports or land borders. For about nine to 11 years, NAFDAC was removed from all the ports, but of recent, they were asked to return to only the seaports. Still they are not allowed to stay at the land border or at the airport, which means there would s
Codeine: Katsina Lawmakers Committed to Enacting Laws Against Drug Abuse, Says Speaker

Codeine: Katsina Lawmakers Committed to Enacting Laws Against Drug Abuse, Says Speaker

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Katsina State House of Assembly says it is committed to enacting and amending the relevant laws that will curtail drug trafficking, abuse and consumption in the state. Abubakar Kusada, the Speaker of the Assembly, made this known in Daura on Monday when he addressed hundreds of people at the naming ceremony in the residence of Mallam. Nasir Yahaya, The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN), reports that Yahaya is a member representing Daura constituency in the Assembly. He described the rampant instances of drug abuse as unfortunate, saddening and pathetic, stressing that the Assembly was determined to collaborate with NDLEA, Police and other stakeholders in checking the menace. Kusada further assured that the Assembly would not relent in enacting laws that would propel the socio-economi...
3m Bottles of Codeine-Containing Syrup Consumed Daily in Kano, Jigawa

3m Bottles of Codeine-Containing Syrup Consumed Daily in Kano, Jigawa

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Unless there is urgent intervention, experts have warned that Nigeria may be building a nation of   drug addicts. This is not unconnected with latest reports which show that 3 million bottles of codeine are consumed daily in Kano and Jigawa States. Even the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration of Nigeria, NAFDAC, has expressed worry over uncontrolled use of codeine containing cough syrups across the country. Also just last week, the Medical Director, Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, Dr. Oluyemisi Ogun, had confirmed a sharp increase in the number of patients with drug-related cases seen at the hospital in recent times. Ogun who spoke at a symposium put together by the Health Writers Association of Nigeria, HEWAN, with the theme: “Emergency Response to Disease Outbreaks: Th