Taraba NDLEA Arrests 70 Drug Suspects

Taraba State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) yesterday said it had arrested 70 drug suspects and seized 700.7 kilogrammes of cannabis between January and November 2013.  NDLEA Commandant in Taraba, Ishaku Kwajaffa, who said this while speaking on the activities of the agency in 2013, added that 650 grammes of psychotropic substances were also seized within the period.
He said that 17 of those arrested were convicted by the court and sentenced to various prison terms with 21counselled and released to their parents while the others are still undergoing counselling.
 The NDLEA boss said most of the arrests were made in Jalingo, Wukari, Takum and Bali area councils of the state, adding that the command could have done more if it had adequate operational vehicles to penetrate the hinterland.
 He called on the Taraba State government to assist the command in the provisions of operational vehicles and a rehabilitation centre for effective discharge of its activities.
 According to him, the command in collaboration with the NYSC Drug Free Club was able to sensitise over 50 secondary schools across the state on the dangers of drug abuse in 2013.
 He advised parents to always monitor the behaviour of their children closely and ensure that they are not keeping late nights and bad friends that could lure them into using drugs.
 Kwajaffa also urged parents to engage their children productively through vocational skills acquisition to keep them from idleness, stressing that “an idle mind is the devil’s workshop”.