Hammed Shittu in Ilorin

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Kwara state command, on Monday hinted that it has arrested a total of 74 suspects with 391.26 kilogrammes of hard drugs between January and July 2016.

The state commander of the NDLEA, Mr, Apeh Reuben, dropped the hint to journalists in Ilorin while parading five suspected drug users that had been terrorising the residents of the state in the past few months.

According to him, 62 of the suspects were males, while 12 were females.

The NDLEA boss, who said that 14 people had been convicted by the state high court, Ilorin, for offences involving possession and smoking of hard drugs, added that their sentences ranged from 12 months to eight years’ imprisonment.

He also said that five suspected drug users were arrested in an uncompleted building around Baboko area of Ilorin metropolis on Thursday, August 4, 2016, with functionally sophisticated locally made pistols ready for operation.

“The drug situation in the state has turned to a different dimension because they are very expensive. The addicts no longer afford the drugs at their reach as usual. Therefore, they engage in pilfering and armed robbery in order to meet the cost of maintaining their habit.

“This of course reveals that all drug users or consumers are potential armed robbers. Their inability to afford the cost of drug could make them armed robbers”, he said.

Further details later