The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Akwa Ibom State Command has said it seized a total of 165 kilograms of hard drugs from 105 youths in four months.
The State Commander, Mrs Obot Bassey, said the alarming rate of youths involvement in illicit drugs business, heinous crimes such as rape, banditry, armed robbery, kidnapping as well as cultism among secondary schools children in the state was alarming.
Speaking on Monday in Uyo, Bassey advised the state government to introduce drug testing in secondary schools.
She said the drug tests would detect students whose violent behaviour were influenced by the abuse of hard drugs.
She disclosed that a 26 year-old male was recently arrested with 1.2031kg of Cocaine worth N25 million.
“I resumed here four months ago, and in four months, the NDLEA, Akwa Ibom State Command has seized 165kilogrammes of hard drugs from 105 youths. It could be shocking and very alarming to see that last week, August 6 to be precise, a 26 year-old male was arrested with 1.2031kg of Cocaine worth N25 million, the highest seizure in Akwa Ibom state in 18 years’’, she said.