The National Drug Control Agency, Kaduna State Command, says its officers arrested 1,232 suspects and recovered 15,104,555kg of illicit drugs in the state.

Kaduna State NDLEA Commander Ibrahim Baraje told the Nigerian News Agency on Thursday in Kaduna that the arrest and seizure took place from January to December 2022.

Baraje said that of the number of detainees, 68 were women and 1,163 are men.

The commander said that the 15,104,555 various drugs seized include Indian hemp, which weighs 7,432,942 kg, heroin 0,249 kg, cocaine 1,487 kg, methamphetamine 0,767 kg, tramadol 1,880,102 kg and psychotropic 5,789,008 kg.

Baraje said that within the period under review, 199 suspects were convicted, while 350 cases are pending, and 683 suspects were counseled, rehabilitated, and integrated into society.

He said that 132 illicit drug stores were destroyed and 27 properties connected to drug traffickers were sealed off.

The commander reiterated the determination of the command in the fight against illicit drugs and their consumption.

“We will not budge until we make sure the perpetrators face the wrath of the law,” he said.

He advised those who committed such acts to seek better livelihoods as drug deals will get them nowhere.

Baraje called on residents to always provide the command with useful information so that the agency can effectively fulfill its mandate.

He urged parents to watch their wards’ movements and the type of friends they interact with.

“The fight against illicit drugs is a collective responsibility in which we all have a role to play,” he said.