From Adekunle Jimoh, Ilorin
Nationwide Drug Legislation Enforcement Company (NDLEA) on the weekend raised the alarm on the rising involvement of ladies within the sale of Tramadol and different illicit medicine in Kwara state.
The company added that had this yr alone arrested no fewer than 195 individuals in reference to the sale of illicit medicine within the state, saying 49 of the suspects had been girls.
NDLEA state Commander Ambrose Umoru advised reporters in Ilorin, Kwara state capital forward of this yr’s United Nations worldwide day in opposition to drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking.
Mr. Umoru mentioned that “a few of the females had been arrested of their provision shops and a few others of their houses which they’ve changed into hideouts on the market of illicit medicine. It’s stunning that extra girls are getting concerned within the sale of tramadol and codeine cough syrup.
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“In coordinated operations carried out throughout the state from June final yr thus far, the command recorded complete seizures of 5,880.94 kilogrammes of various illicit medicine; 380 suspects (304 males and 76 females) had been arrested. A complete of 138 individuals that use medicine had been endorsed and reintegrated with their households. The command recorded eight convictions and 18circumstances are pending in courtroom.
“Latest operation actions by the state have unraveled the uncontrollable want to earn a living by means of unlawful sale of banned tramadol tablets and cough syrup with codeine. A number of arrests have been made not solely in chemist outlets however in provision and meals merchandise outlets.”
Additionally talking, Chairperson, Kwara state Drug Management Committee Barakat Olarewaju her committee between final quarter of 2019 and first quarter of this yr, sensitized no fewer than 8,895 individuals on the risks inherent in drug abuse and sale of illicit drug.
Mrs. Olarewaju added that the committee carried out “advocacy programme to 12 conventional rulers within the state to enlist their help within the battle in opposition to the drug abuse epidemic.”