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NDLEA secures conviction of 67 drug traffickers in Edo

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in Edo State said it secured the conviction of 67 drug traffickers in the state in 2023.

The NDLEA Edo State Sector Commander, Buba Wakawa, who disclosed this on Sunday to journalists, said the suspects were arrested between January and December in the year under review.

He said 173 drug suspects were charged to court in 2023, out of which 67 were convicted to various jail terms by the state courts.

Wakawa added that 106 cases involving the drug suspects are still pending at different stages in courts in the state.

He said, “Out of 173 suspects that were apprehended, 67 were convicted to various jail terms by the courts, while 106 cases are in various stages in court. All these arrests were made from January to December last year.”

The Sector Commander further disclosed that during the period under review, 414 drug-dependent persons were arrested by the drug reduction unit across the state.

He added, “The 414 drug-dependent persons after the arrest were counseled and reunited with their families in the hope that they will stay drug-free.”

Wakawa, while appealing to the people of the state to support the agency through useful information to enable it to succeed in the drug fight, he called on communities across the state to stop giving land to people for drug cultivation.

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