The National Drug Law Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Jigawa Command, said it arrested 36 suspects from only three Local Government Areas of the state in two days.
Hajiya Maryam Gambo, the agency’s Commander, said in a statement in Dutse on Friday that the suspects were arrested between Feb.15 and Feb. 17, in Kirikasamma, Guri and Hadejia LGAs, highlighting the pronounced drugs situation in the State.
Gambo said the arrests were made in markets, shops and other hideouts, in a determined effort to rid the state of illegal sale and consumption of hard drugs.
She explained that different types of hard drugs, ranging from cannabis sativa (hemp) and psychotropic substances were recovered from the suspects.
According to her, the illicit drugs recovered from the suspects are Tramadol, Exol15, Diazepam, Prometazine injection and Lidocaine injection.
“In our effort to cleanse Jigawa of illegal consumption and sale of hard drugs, the NDLEA Jigawa command embarked on a mission in Kirikasamma, Guri, Hadejia and other parts of the state to clamp on illicit drug activities.
“This is done in order to reduce crimes and criminality, which are drug-induced in the state.
“Drug is an agent provocateur of other crimes as it negatively changes the mood of the user.
“The user, consequently, embarks on a mission he/she would not have dared to, under his normal senses,’’ she said.
According to the commander, arrest, seizures, prosecutions, counselling and rehabilitation have been and will continue to be the agency’s mandate.
“While we continue to arrest and prosecute these merchants of death, who celebrate their success on the grave of others, we have also continued to educate the pupils and students in primary and secondary schools.
“This is because we believe in catching them young.
“Also, our Drug Demand Reduction Unit has continued to carry out enlightenment campaigns to tertiary institutions, motor parks, markets, women groups and the general public.
“This, we will continue to do until success is achieved.
“So, we solicit the cooperation of the general public in providing us with useful information to enable us serve better,’’ Gambo appealed.