The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Borno, on Friday, destroyed drugs and psychotropic substances weighing 19.234 tonnes.
Speaking during the exercise in Maiduguri, the chief executive of NDLEA, Col Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (Rtd), said the quantity was unacceptably high, considering the link between drug abuse and violent crimes in the state.
Abdallah said the drug situation of the state was compounded by its proximity to the neighbouring countries of Sahel, comprising of Niger, Chad and Cameroon, due to its porous borders.
He said the symbolic event was significant to ensure that all seized drugs are permanently out of circulation and stopped from doing any further harm to the society.
“The Act establishing drug agency demands that an order must be granted by a Federal High Court, which enables the agency to destroy, publicly, all the drug seizure cases that had been concluded.
Abdallah said that the Borno Command of the NDLEA had recently intercepted and seized about 8 tonnes of cannabis in the Maiduguri Metropolis.
He lamented that the number of drugs seizures, arrest and conviction of drug dealers in the state validated the position of hard drugs as a conflict stimulator that fuels violent crimes, cultism in campuses and even domestic violence.