The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Bauchi State Command arrested 229 suspected drug abusers in 2020.
The state Commander, Olusegun Oke, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Bauchi that the figure consisted of 216 male and 13 female.
Oke added that the agency, during the period under review, also secured the convictions of 17 drug offenders.
He also said that the achievements of the agency during the period include the seizure of 425kg of various illicit drugs.
He listed them as Cannabis sativa and psychotropic substances.
“The command’s rehabilitation centre successfully rehabilitated various drug dependent persons and had reunited them with their families,” he said.
Oke said some of those that were rehabilitated at its centre included Directors in the civil service, law enforcement agents and students of tertiary institutions.
The commandant also said the agency’s activities were affected by the lockdown declared by the government following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.
He said the lockdown hampered enforcement, public enlightenment, among other activities until June 2020 when the command resumed its activities.
He listed those classified as high rate drug abusers to include: those into menial works, students in tertiary institutions as well as young men and women.
He also said the agency was facing financial, logistics and personnel challenges.
Oke appealed to the government at the various levels and well-meaning stakeholders to support the fight against drug abuse in the state.
He also called on stakeholders and the state government to support the command in terms of rehabilitation and counseling of drug abusers.
Oke said the command also lacked operational vehicles.
He said the few vehicles it has were grossly inadequate and could not cover the nine flash points in the local government areas of the state.