WorldStage Newsonline-- The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said that about two million kilograms (kg) of illicit drugs were uncovered in Rivers State within the past two years.
The Rivers State Commander of NDLEA, Rachael Shelleng said in Port Harcourt at the weekend during a Special Anti-Drug Abuse Sensitization Campaign, that about 1,888,900kg of cannabis sativa discovered is the predominant drug of choice consumed by addicts.
Others include cocaine 4.624kg, heroine and psychotropic 0.577kg and 0.502kg respectively.
Speaking at the campaign organised by NDLEA with support from the Rivers State Chapter of National Association of Seadogs (NAS), Shelleng said that this huge volume of illicit drugs was recovered from 740 males and 79 females.
She said that the category of youths within the age bracket of 16-35 years was mostly involved in drug abuse while those of ages 25-50 years were predominantly in the trafficking, saying the situation portended grave danger inimical for sustainable development.
She said that a total of 79 drug dependent persons had been treated and reintegrated with their families during the period under review.
Shelleng lamented that the problem of illicit drug abuse and trafficking of controlled substances had assumed “a very frightening dimension” and serious threat to the society also attributed “the rising profile of wanton destruction with its attendant bloodshed and hostage taking and all manner of criminalities dotting our landscape today” to high narcotic intake among youths.
She therefore called for concerted collective efforts from corporate organisations and other tiers of government to emulate the federal government in fighting the drug war and commended the NAS for the support shown to her command.
The President of Nigerian Bar Association, Mr Okey Wali who was the Chairman of the occasion, said apart from hard drug, internet and films are other things that that are misleading children and youths.
Wali who was represented by the Zonal Manager of Nigerian Copyright Commission, Port Harcourt, Mr Emmanuel Dufegha advised Parents and guardians to look into the behaviour of their children even as he urged people to always be ready to pin-point undesirable elements around them.
He also told communities to muster the will to banish anybody who has been found culpable of any crime.
In his goodwill message, the Royal Father of the Day who is also the traditional ruler of Rumuogba, Port Harcourt, Barr. Temple Ejekwu, he commended NDLEA and NAS for trying to say no to drug abuse.
Ejekwu also urged them to carry the campaign against illicit drug to primary schools “so that when they grow up, they will not be involved in drug abuse.”