The Nigeria Police, Kano State Command, says it has arrested 1,583 suspected drug dealers and thugs in the past eight months in the state.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr Habu Ahmad Sani, made the fact known on Thursday in Kano after a courtesy visit on him by the Executive Director, League for Societal Protection Against Drug Abuse (LSPADA).
Ahmad said that the police arrested 1,545 suspected thugs and 38 drug peddlers in various raids in the state between November, 2019 and July, 2020.
He said that the command also recovered 1, 555 machetes; 1, 689 parcels of Indian hemp, 11 cartons of codeine and 518 cartons of narcotic substances.
The commissioner said the arrest was made sequel to reports received from departmental heads as part of efforts to rid the state of criminal activities.
Ahmad noted that the introduction of police operation code-named: “Police Campaign Against Daba (thuggery); Drug Abuse and Vices,” led to the prevailing peaceful atmosphere in the state.
“So far 38 drug dealers; 1,545 thugs arrested and charged to court.
The suspects were arrested at different times and locations in the state within the period under review,” he said.
Ahmad reiterated the commitment of the command to partner development organisations and communities to enhance community policing strategy in the state.
Maryam Hassan, Executive Director of LSPADA, commended the police for enhancing security in the state and noted that the anti-drug campaign by the command would go a long way to curb rape and other crimes in the state.
She pledged support to the police and presented leaflets designed for public enlightenment against drug abuse.
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