Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Anambra among states with high rate of drug abuse: NDLEA

“In 2018 alone, the agency intercepted 3.38 tons of drugs in Anambra State,” said the NDLEA official.

• March 1, 2024
Hard drugs used to illustrate the story
Hard drugs used to illustrate the story

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says Anambra is among the states with a high prevalence of drug abuse cases in the country.

Daniel Onyishi, Anambra State commander of the NDLEA, stated this when he led officers on a visit to the wife of the Anambra State governor, Nonye Soludo, on Friday in Awka.

Mr Onyishi lamented that the growing drug abuse cases in the country called for concern.

“In 2018 alone, the agency intercepted 3.38 tons of drugs in Anambra State,” Mr Onyishi stated. “According to statistics, Nigeria alone has a 14.4 per cent drug abuse prevalence rate, as against the global 5.5 per cent world prevalence rate.”

He disclosed that the visit was to welcome Mrs Soludo as the Anambra State Drug Control Committee chairperson.

“This committee will be an action-driven crusade that will see to the complete elimination of drug use in Anambra state,” he said.

Responding, Mrs Soludo said she was prepared to work with the agency and lead the ongoing fight against drug abuse.

“These are scary statistics, and we need a more sincere and committed approach to the war against drugs, beginning with identifying the producers of these deadly substances.

“I promise to work closely with the agency, advocate for a stronger community involvement in the fight and the need to follow up every case until justice is served,” the governor’s wife said. 


We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

Katsina State


Katsina youths pledge to deliver over 2 million votes to Atiku

“Katsina State is Atiku’s political base because it is his second home.”


Heading 1

FCCPC to intensify price monitoring in markets as naira appreciates against dollar

Mr Abdullahi said the operatives of FCCPC would work with trade associations, farmer groups, and other stakeholders to combat price-fixing and dismantle cartels.

Acting Inspector-General Olukayode Egbetokun


IGP Egbetokun approves area commands for Ifo, Imeko, Idi-Iroko in Ogun

We are not, however, going to stop at creating an area command in Ifo; we will also create two area commands in the border areas of Idi-Iroko and Imeko,” the IGP said.

Nigerian Exchange


NGX: Market capitalisation drops N1.1 trillion on sell-offs 

The market’s declining performance was driven by sell-offs in telecommunications heavyweights.



PSG, Dortmund overcome home deficits to reach UCL semi-finals; Barcelona, Atletico beaten in Spain

Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund are through to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, while Barcelona and Atletico Madrid crashed out.

Motorists at fuel station


Motorists lament as long queues surface at fuel stations in Bauchi

Long queues have surfaced at filling stations across the Bauchi metropolis, signalling a scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise called petrol.

Abubakar Kyari

Heading 5

Climate change reducing crop yields, increasing food prices: FG

He also said climate change had disrupted food supply chains, particularly in vulnerable regions with limited adaptive capacity.