The Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mr Muhammad Abdallah, on Saturday said the agency seized drugs worth N22 billion in 2015.
This is contained in a statement issued by the agency’s spokesperson, Mr Mitchell Ofoyeju, made available to newsmen in Lagos.
Abdallah, according to the statement, said that the threat of narcotics was real in the country.
”As Nigeria joins the World in marking International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26, effort is needed against the threat posed by narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.
”The estimated street value of seized narcotic drugs in 2015 is over N22 billion naira. The threat of illicit drugs is real and concerted effort is required to halt the activities of drug trafficking cartels.
”The agency in 2015 seized drugs weighing 903,624.56kg. Drug control is an important campaign that affects national security and public health.
”We must collectively rise up against drug trafficking organisation because its effect on children, youths, families and communities is unimaginable.