Ekiti NDLEA arrested 1,035 drug offenders in 3 years’

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By SundiataPOST, Abuja

 No fewer 1,035 persons were apprehended for drug-related offences by the between 2011 and 2013, an said on in Ado-Ekiti.

The agency’s Ekiti Commander, Mr Bamidele Akingbade, made the disclosure while speaking at the monthly meeting the Forum Heads Federal Establishments, Ekiti chapter.

He expressed regrets that most those involved were Ekiti indigenes, were either youths, students or .

“The Command at the same period seized and confiscated 15 tonnes and also discovered and consequently destroyed a total 3,610 acres hemp farmlands from across the .

“Similarly,  10 tonnes of hard seized from suspected drug dealers and their agents were equally burnt during series of exhibit-destruction exercises,’’ the commander said.

Akingbade, said the feat recorded by the Command was made possible through relentless collaboration concerned informants, revealed that a total of 172 were tried and prosecuted.

He said the command was able to secure 156 convictions out of the 172 .

The NDLEA Commander also disclosed that only one out of all the was discharged and acquitted, while 15 were currently pending at the Federal Court, Ado-Ekiti.