The drug menace is not slowing down and neither should law enforcement agencies.

A recent report published by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency shows that access to banned substances are on the rise across Nigeria's northern region.

In the meantime, the NDLEA Command in Edo State is leaving nothing to chance.

At least 86 people, suspected to be trafficking illicit drugs, have been arrested.

The Commander of the agency in Edo, Buba Wakawa, said on Monday that the suspects were arrested between July and September this year.

According to him, the suspects are made up of 61 males, including a Malian and 25 females.

Wakawa said that 2,930kg of hard drugs were seized within the period and 46.8 hectares of suspected cannabis farms were also destroyed.

The commander said the cannabis farms were estimated to be producing 217,414 kg of cannabis.

An analysis of the seized substances shows Cannabis (2,929.6 kg), Tramadol (159 grams), Swino (4 grams), Vegha (26 grams), Codeine (29 grams) and Heroin (20 grams).

The agency had successfully prosecuted one Obiora Nkemokonam, who was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment for possessing 20 kg of cannabis.

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Wakawa lamented that the drug menace was not slowing down and he called on concerned persons to strengthen cooperation in the fight against illicit drug production, trafficking and abuse.

“Drug seizures in the state are on the increase, while cannabis farms are overwhelming.

“Cases of drug abuse are also posing greater challenge daily, as more victims are getting trapped in the web of drug abuse.

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“This calls for greater commitment on our part to resist the activities of drug cartels.’’

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