87.88 grammes of cocaine, the largest in the history of Ekiti State was on Thursday seized by officers of the National Drug Laws Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
Gaura Shedow, the Ekiti NDLEA commander disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ado-Ekiti, describing the seizure as worrisome.
He said the Ekiti command had been rigorously battling the cultivation of Indian hemp, before this trend of cocaine.
Speaking on the celebration of the 2021 International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, the NDLEA commander decried the alarming rate of drug abuse in society.
According to him, the recent seizure of large numbers of cocaine in the state had become a thing of concern to the command.
Mr. Shedow added that the command between July 2020 and May 2021 seized a total of 1,605.33 kilograms of illicit drugs in Ekiti.
“Within this period under review, we seized 1,516.3kg of Cannabis; Cocaine – 87.88 grammes; and heroin – 1.1 grammes.
“It is worrisome that we recently seized 87.88 grammes of Cocaine, the largest number in the history of Ekiti.
“Also, 29 suspects were arrested, 27 males and 2 females, and we secured two convictions at the Federal High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti.”