The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), said it arrested over 17,647 offenders, and convicted and jailed 2, 369 between January 2021 and May 2022.
The NDLEA Chairman, Buba Marwa said this during a press briefing in commemoration of the World Drug Day on Monday in Abuja.
The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, or World Drug Day, WDD, is marked on June 26 every year.
“For us at the agency, we are abreast of time and trends as shown by the priority accorded treatment and care.
“In 2021, about 8,000 drug users were counselled and rehabilitated, in most cases through brief interventions.
“We continued the effort in the first five months of 2022, whereby an additional 3,523 were also counselled and treated in NDLEA facilities.
“Simultaneously, we have continued to shut the tap of illicit flow of drugs with the arrest of over 17,647 offenders including 10 drug barons between January 2021 and May 2022.
“More than 2,369 were convicted and jailed within the same period while 154,667.339kg of drugs were seized in the first five months of this year alone,” Mr Marwa said.
He said that the Drug Demand Reduction Department had been galvanised and working non-stop to ensure that the health aspect of the drug abuse calculus got adequate attention.