The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) yesterday said that it had arrested over 39, 364 drug suspects in the last four years.
Its head of Public Affairs, Ofoyeju Mitchell, said the agency has not relented in the drug war despite huge funding, logistics and legal bottlenecks.
The NDLEA spokesperson, who spoke in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, at a four-day media roundtable organised in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Drug Control, UNODC, explained that the suspects were made up of 36,902 males and 2,462 females.
The roundtable was sponsored by the European Union (EU).
The NDLEA, he also explained, has secured the conviction of 8,081 drug offenders.
Mitchell also disclosed that the total weight of drugs seized by the NDLEA in the last five years is 1,062,982.51kg.
He gave the breakdown as cannabis 915,377.34kg; psychotropic substances 145,091.824; cocaine 1,931.383kg and heroin 582.102kg. According to him: “The NDLEA carries out surveillances to trace cannabis plantations in forests across the country.
“This is a very tedious operation because officers trek for long hours to get to the farmlands.
“In the past three years, the NDLEA has destroyed 3,169.3 hectares of cannabis plantations in the country”.