The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has destroyed seized illicit drugs worth millions of naira in Aba, the commercial nerve centre of Abia State.
The exercise, which took place on Friday, was carried out by the State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu who was assisted by the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA; Col. Muhammad Abdallah (rtd), heads of various security agencies among other dignitaries.
Speaking at the event, Abdallah, said among the illicit drugs destroyed were 6,574.116kg of cannabis, 10.81kg of Heroin, 8.932kg of cocaine and 2,516.394kg of psychotropic substances.
He noted that NDLEA was happy that such an amount of illicit drugs was intercepted by officers of its agency under the Abia Command and as such, preventing the drugs from getting into the society.
The agency boss further noted that the havoc the drugs would have wreaked if they had made it into the state was better imagined than experienced.
“Drugs, like poison, need not to be in large volumes before doing the incalculable damage. We have to be unrelenting because the criminals illicitly dealing in drugs are unrelenting as they go to all extent in the pursuit of money at the detriment of security, lives and property across the country.”
Abdallah assured that the agency would do everything within its powers to ensure that the entrepreneurial heritage of the people of the state did not come under the threat of drug abuse and illicit trafficking in drugs.
He observed that nothing diminished productivity as much as illicit drug trafficking.