Plateau State Commander of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Ibrahim Braji has decried the rampant illicit trafficking of psychotropic substances in the State. He spoke on this ugly trend on the heels of frequent seizures of the substances of abuse by the State Command.
The State Command has recovered more than 9 tons of the controlled substances within the spate of two months. In one fell swoop, 5, 580 kilograms of psychotropic substances was seized from a warehouse in Jos. Arrested along with the seizure was
Jude Okoye, alias Zuma. This was in a follow-up operation after intercepting a bus-load of the same substances weighing 2, 656.450 kilograms owned by the same suspect.
The State Command equally intercepted A J5 commuter bus with registration number QAP 316 XA loaded with thirty-one (31) cartons of psychotropic substances suspected to be tramadol. The consignment which weighed 868 kilogrammes, was neatly concealed in black polythene bags. The driver of the bus, Masudu Isyaka and Garba, the suspected owner of the consignment were arrested and are currently undergoing investigation. Garba, a resident of Shendam obtained the drugs from Onitsha, Anambra State.
In another operation, the State Command tracked down a DAF truck with reg. no. XE 809 GMB which was loaded with 395 kilograms of different types of psychotropic substances, including 295.5 kilogrammes of Codtux syrup with codeine, 86 kilograms of Pampide syrup with codeine and 13.5 kilograms of tramadol.
Other suspects arrested at different locations of the State Command include Chibuzor Anyanebechi, Ibrahim Williams and Ukachukwu Bayya. They were arrested with 28.4kilograms of Coflax syrup with codeine and 6.7 kilograms of tramadol.
According to Braji, “we have to aggressively combat the illegal sale of psychotropic substances because some of these substances are similar to Cocaine and Heroin as the case may be. You see people moving these psychoactive substances indiscriminately without any official document permitting them. You will agree with me that the major factor in favour of the abuse of these drugs or any other drugs for that matter is availability”, adding “We need to tackle this situation head–on by cutting off the supply”.