The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Taraba has arrested 70 drug suspects and seized over 700 kilogrammes of Indian Hemp in 2013.

The Commandant, Mr. Ishaku Kwajaffa, disclosed this on Monday in Jalingo while speaking with journalists on the agency’s activities during the year.

Kwajafa also said that 650 grammes of psychotropic substances were seized within the period.

He said 17 of those arrested were serving various prison terms after their conviction, 21 counselled and released, while the rest were being guided on the dangers of drug abuse.

The NDLEA boss said most of the arrests were made in Jalingo, Wukari, Takum and Bali Local Government Areas of the state.

According to him, the command would have performed better if it hasadequate operational vehicles to penetrate the hinterland.

He, therefore, called on the Taraba Government to assist the command with operational vehicles and construct a rehabilitation centre for
its smooth operation.

The commander said sensitisation lectures had been held in conjunction with NYSC Drugs Free Club, in over 50 secondary schools across the state on the negative effects of drug abuse.
He advised parents to monitor the behaviour of their children so as to stop them from keeping late nights and bad friends.

“Parents should monitor the movement of their children closely with a view to ensuring that they are not lured into drugs by bad friends,” he said.
Kwajaffa also urged parents to engage their children productively through vocational skills
acquisition to keep them away from idleness.

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