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NDLEA prosecutes 60 drug barons in Adamawa
No fewer than 60 drug barons have been prosecuted and jailed by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA ) in Adamawa State within
the last six months. The NDLEA state commandant, Alhaji Hassan Absullahi Zungeru has said.
Zungeru who disclosed this in Yola, said the NDLEA stepped up its intelligence gathering mechanism around the state to incapacitate the
drug cartels and their syndicates to prevent the drug from circulation.
He explained that the total number of convictions secured from January to June is 60 with the minimum conviction of nine months and maximum conviction of 8 years by the Federal High Court, Yola.
‘’Analysis shows that youths between the age bracket of 18 years to 35 years were the most affected,’’ he said.
The Commandant noted with concern that despite efforts to reduce the menance,the abuse of hard drugs is still on the increase,attributing it to lack of funds,inadequate manpower, and dearth of facilities among others.
His words: “The Agency will continue to trace drug barons to their hideouts. They will have no space to operate because their activities are harmful to the society. Illicit drugs and crime are interrelated.
Most crimes are perpetrated under the influence of drugs.”
He added that through effective intelligence gathering, they had located and destroyed cannabis plantation within the state. Zungeru disclosed that large seizures of drugs hidden places and others meant for inter-state shipment have also been intercepted.
The NDLEA boss solicited the donation of operational vehicles and other security gadgets to the command for effective discharge of their duties.