The Kebbi Command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), said on Monday that no fewer than158 suspected drug dealers and addicts were arrested in the state this year.

Also 358.78kg of cannabis and 1.3 kg of psychotropic drugs were confiscated during the same period.

The state Commander, Mr Okon Ulo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in an interview in Birnin Kebbi that the feat was as a result of the aggressive campaign by the agency against illegal drug dealers and addicts.

According to him, the campaign is ongoing and will be extended to Yauri, Zuru, Jega and Arewa Local Government Areas of the state.

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“Some ‘red spots’ have been identified within the metropolis and l want to assure you that the menace will soon be eliminated.

“The trading and consumption of illegal drugs have negative impact on the community especially among youths but the agency will work diligently to curtail drug abuse to zero level,” he said.

Ulo commended the cooperation of the public especially on providing the information that enabled the agency to fight the activities of drug dealers and consumers

He called on the state government to provide the agency with additional patrol vehicles to strengthen its operation.