Abia Govt, NDLEA to support the fight against illicit drugs
Okezie Lkpeazu, Governor of Abia State commended the synergy and collaboration existing between the Government of Abia State and the Nigerian Drug Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, in the fight against drug abuse. hard drugs and other related crimes.
The governor, who praised during the public destruction of the illicit drug exhibits seized in accordance with the court order obtained from the Federal High Court Umuahia held at the NDLEA, State Command office of Abia, Ogbor Hill, Aba assured that government will not back down in their strong commitment to support NDLEA efforts in state and federal government to ensure a hard drug free society.
Ikpeazu represented by its deputy, Rt. Hon. Ude Oko Chukwu, further reaffirmed that the government is very keen to make the state a society free from hard drugs and crime for the common good of all.
He pointed out that the seriousness attached to the event underscored the government’s commitment to conscious attempts to entrench mental health in the political system by addressing hard drug use and other related crimes and criminality in the state. .
Governor Ikpeazu said the unhealthy trends of the rise of terrorism, organized armed robberies, kidnappings, banditry, rape, wanton destruction of life and property attributable to the use of hard or illicit drugs , cause serious concern and call for persistent attention as no society can develop beyond the ordinary in an atmosphere of chaos.
In his speech, NDLEA Chairman and CEO Col. Muhammed Mustapha Abdallah, Rtd, stressed that drugs are publicly destroyed to send a strong signal to traffickers and drug addicts to quit offensive and counterproductive activity.
He thanked the Governor, Dr Okezie lkpeazu for demonstrating a great commitment to the fight against drugs by supporting the efforts of the NDLEA in the State.
Earlier, during the presentation of his speech, NDLEA State Commander, Abia State Commend, Mr. Bamidele Akinbade revealed that the exercise of destruction of the exhibit of a total of 9,110,252 kg of seized drugs comprising 6,574,116 kg of cannabis, 10.81 kg of heroin, 8.9832 kg of cocaine and 2,516,394 kg of psychotropic substances, offer the Command a unique opportunity to prove the extent of the successes recorded in their control operations against narcotics in the state.