NDLEA Commander Explains How drug traffickers operate during COVID-19 lockdown
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. The National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has announced how illegal drug dealers in Borno distribute cocaine, heroin, cannabis, and other psychotropic substances while COVID-19 ban was still active.
NDLEA Commander Joseph Icha told reporters in Maiduguri on Monday that drug smugglers were no longer trapped in identified dark spots where they were often attacked by operational agents.
"We have found that drug dealers have used gaps in the complete blockade to launch mass drug movements throughout the country," he said.
He said illegal business was often carried out with drugs hidden behind bags of food and grain and transported to various parts of the country. He cited the case of cannabis which was hidden in dozens of bags and covered with corn. He said those involved in retail sales had also found a way to target their buyers because they could no longer visit outlets that were regularly attacked by NDLEA employees.
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. "We have found that they now call their buyers and either meet them at home or near where they ship illegal products," he said, adding that despite changes in the human trafficking model, the agency had not given up. He said some of them had been arrested recently.
According to Icha, the order has seized 10,765 tons of illegal drugs worth more than N 1 billion in the past 11 months.
"We confiscated 10,765 tons of drugs worth more than N 1 billion in various locations in Borno. We also confiscated houses with various types of cars, buses and money because of proceeds from the sale of illegal drugs, and sealed the use of residential apartments. by drug dealers worth around N 150 million, "the commander said.
He said 388 people were arrested during the reporting period, 379 of the suspects were men and eight women. He said 12 of the 15 people detained in agency rehabilitation centers in the country were released.
"We monitor the people who are released to ensure that they do not return to action, but for our advice," he said. He revealed that the command in various IDP camps in Maiduguri, the state capital, was organizing awareness about how they could handle the pressure and effects of their relocation from Boko Haram camps without using drugs or drug abuse.
He said cocaine and heroin would be more available in the country than in the past when sativa cannabis, diazofam and other psychotropic drugs were more common. He linked development among others with increasing social pressure, the effects of violence, poverty, lack of resources for a decent life and uncertainty about the future.
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. According to a survey by the National Statistics Bureau for the third quarter of 2018, Borno had 31.4 percent unemployment, the highest in the northeast.