The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Tuesday, November 30, destroyed drugs worth over N50 billion weighing 20,000 kilograms in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
The Chiarman, NDLEA, (rtd.) Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa, speaking during the burning of the illicit drugs publicly in Abuja, said that the agency was experiencing a resurgence and was being retrofitted to operate at full capacity.
Marwa was represented by the Secretary of the agency, Bar. Shadrach Haruna said the sheer size of the drugs destroyed was a reminder of the magnitude of the drug problem in the country.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), he said, “To be destroyed here today is approximately 20,000 kilograms of illicit drugs valued at over N50 billion. Approximately, 19,598 kilograms of these assorted illicit drugs were seized by the FCT Command, comprising 19,178 kilograms of cannabis, 0.1 kilograms of cocaine, 0.009 kilograms of heroin, and 420 kilograms of other psychotropic substances.
The remaining kilograms, seized at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, (NAIA) comprised 173 kilograms of cocaine, 36 kilograms of heroin, 93 kilograms of ephedrine, 60 kilograms of methamphetamine, 58 grams of cannabis, 219 grams of Rohypnol, and 150 grams of Tramadol.”