The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), Kano Command, has arrested 51 suspected drug abusers at a Restaurant ( name withheld) who allegedly turned the place to a drug joint, located at Lamido Cresent in Nassarawa LGA of the state.
Commandant of the NDLEA in Kano, Abubakar Ahmad Idris, who disclosed this on Sunday said that the operatives of the agency conducted the raid on the restaurant, following a public outcry and complaints it received from residents of the area.
He further disclosed that during the raid “we were able to arrest 51 suspects which include: 34 males, 17 females.
14 of the male were underage between the age of 14 to 16 years, while from the 17 females arrested, 6 of them fall within the age bracket of 14 to 16 years.”
According to him “complaints was that the restaurant has completely deviated from its initial purpose and metamorphosed to a smoking joint where young boys and girls gathered to abuse drugs.”
Recently there was a video trending on social media, showing the activities in the restaurant.
He added that the NDLEA operatives as leading stakeholders in the fight against drug abuse, moved to the vicinity to curtail the illicit activities taking place in the acclaimed restaurant.
“This is so pathetic situation, maybe their parents are not keeping eyes on them. The time the children are supposed to be with their parents, unfortunately, they stayed with bad company,” he said
He also stated that the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the NDLEA, Muhammad Buba Marwa has ordered all officers and men of the agency across the country to respond to any call or complaint, anytime and in every place to rescue the situation.
He said during the raid, the operatives recovered drug substances which include: codeine syrup bottles, Indian Hemp, and shisha instruments used in concealing Illicit drugs.
He however stated that the agency has taken the items recovered for analysis while calling on the public to provide credible information to the agency aimed at curtailing the menace of drug abuse.
The “NDLEA will not spare any person caught to be culprit” while the suspect will be charged to court as soon as investigation was completed, he added.