Kano state has dropped to the sixth position in the hierarchy of states involved in drug abuse and trafficking in Nigeria.
Kano state commander of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Dr Ibrahim Abdul, who disclosed this Tuesday held that the state moved from the number one spot on the table to the sixth position in 2019.
He observed that the achievement, which is coming after many years, may not be unconnected with the sustained interdiction operation and the drug reduction activities embarked upon by his Command.
He said that this year, they arrested a total of 906 suspects made up of 105 female and 803 male suspects, while adding that they secured a total of 107 convictions of suspected offenders, including a female.
From January to date, the Command seized a total of 8,031,207 kilograms of drugs, which included 4525 kilograms of cannabis sativa, 2927 kilograms of psychotropic substances, 3.455 kilograms of cocaine, 230.0000 kilograms of khat, 000.167 grams of heroine and 160.900 kilograms of other substances, he stated.
Highlights of their achievements in 2019 included the arrest of Abdul Abubakar Mohammed and Ibrahim Mustapha with a total of 2. 927 kilograms of cocaine, he stated.
Others, he added, were the discovery and destruction of two Cannabis plantation in Wailari village in Kumbotso local government area and the unearthing and arrest of six suspects in connection with the Zainab Aliyu saga, which resulted in the release of the lady from Saudi Arabia.
He applauded the rest of the sister security agencies operating in the state, observing that unlike previously, they received illegal drugs weighed 24 kilograms and 159 kilograms from the Nigeria Police and the Nigeria Customs Service.
He called for additional efforts in the area of community participation against drug abuse in the state.