A total of 58 persons have been convicted for drug trafficking and other related offences in Edo State.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) secured their convictions in courts within the past one year.
Buba Wakawa, State Commander of the agency in Edo State, said this on Monday in Benin.
He spoke at the grand finale of the 2022 UN Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking.
The convicts are among 374 suspects that were arrested for drug traffickers and 257 other clients were counselled and rehabilitated during the same period, according to him.
He revealed the drug-dependent clients who were counseled and rehabilitated had been reunited them with their families.
“We also secured 58 convictions within the period, while 76 cases are still pending in court”, he said.
Wakawa said the theme for the year “Addressing Drug Challenges in Health and Humanitarian Crisis”, was apt.
“From this year’s theme, it is obvious to decipher the damaging consequences of drug, and drug-related abuse and trafficking in illicit substances in families, society and the world at large”.
“There is no gainsaying the fact, as witnessed international humanitarian crisis being caused in the world today, is a result of drug use and trafficking”, Wakawa said.