The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), said it has arrested 11 children and the manager of a hotel in Kaduna over alleged drug abuse and trafficking . The Kaduna state commander of the agency, Mohammed Jibrin, disclosed this in Kaduna recently, while briefing newsmen on activities marking the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
The theme for the celebration is: “A Message of Hope: Drug Use Disorders Are Preventable and Treatable’’. Jibrin said the children, seven girls and four boys, were arrested in a hotel room taking psychotropic substance.
He said eight of the arrested children were still in junior classes, adding that their parents had been invited to the command for questioning and counselling.
Jibrin disclosed that between January and May, the command arrested 210 drug suspects, including five female, with various illicit drugs weighing over 1074.02kg.
He said that 80 of them had been convicted and were serving various prison term.
Jibrin said that the command had also discovered and sealed an illegal laboratory in Zaria, manufacturing fake drugs.
According to him, the laboratory produces drugs from ordinary powder, expired chemicals and substances that are detrimental to human health.
Jibrin said the command was also involved in the rehabilitation of drug addicts. Jibrin stressed the need for communities, parents and other stakeholder to support the fight against drug abuse and trafficking to reduce the menace in the state. (NAN)