The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) confiscated 794.5 kg of hard drugs and arrested 107 IMO suspects between January and September.
Mr Nse Inam, the NDLEA commander at Imo, told the Nigerian news agency in Owerri on Monday that he rehabilitated four drug addicts and counselled 73 users during that period.
“Six drug addicts are currently in rehabilitation while the 73 drug users who were counseled have been reunited with their families,” he said.
He added that the command had arrested 14 people in the state’s 27 local government districts, while 106 cases were pending in court.
“The NDLEA also conducted drug abuse and prevention sensitisation in the state in line with its Drug Demand Reduction programme,” he said.
“The sensitisation was conducted at Imo State University, Owerri; ABC Transport Company Ltd, Owerri; Priscillia Memorial Secondary School, Oguta Local Government Area and at the Nigerian Navy College, Owerrinta.
“It was also conducted at St. Silas Anglican Church, Owerri; Four Brothers School, Mbieri in Mbaitoli Local Government Area; Amuzi Progressive Town Union, Mbaise and at FedEx Courier Ltd., Owerri.
“We have been carrying out weekly public enlightenment through radio programmes and sensitisation at various other public places.
“We’re fighting drug abuse and we’ll keep fighting it,’’ he told NAN.
Inam thanked Governor Hope Uzodimma for the agency’s support and asked the Imo State government to build and equip a drug rehabilitation center with functional facilities.
He also urged traditional rulers and religious leaders in the state to educate people and their followers about the crimes of drug abuse.
However, Inam noted that the operational activities of the command were hampered by a lack of vehicles and insecurity in the state.
He appealed to citizens to use useful information from the command on the whereabouts of drug dealers and users, while pledging to continue his service in accordance with the mandate of his constitution. (NAN)