The Gombe State Command of the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency says it has seized 408.655kg of various illicit drugs and arrested 150 suspects from July 2020 to date.
Ekaete Egwunwoke, Gombe State Commander of the NDLEA, made the disclosure on Friday while briefing newsmen on the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
According to her, the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is annually celebrated worldwide on June 26.
It is aimed at creating awareness on the dangers of substance and drug abuse.
Egwunwoke said from July 2020 to date, about 70 suspects had been counselled and rehabilitated, while the command secured a total of 31 convictions.
The Commander said the command had taken awareness campaign to places including schools and others.
She said the establishment of Gombe State Drug Control Committee was commendable because it would go a long way in reducing the rate of drug abuse.
Egwunwoke said: “It is important to remind the general public that NDLEA has a treatment and care center in Gombe but the facility is grossly under utilised.
“I, therefore, call upon the state government and the good people of Gombe as well as Civil Society Organisations to ensure that the facility is adequately put into use.”
Egwunwoke urged the public to expose drug dealers in their environment.
She further called on parents and guardians to monitor the movement of their children and wards.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the 2021 International Day Against Drug Abuse is “Share Facts about Drugs, Save Lives.”