The NDLEA Commander in the state, Mr. Sule Momodu, disclosed this to Southern City News on Thursday in his office.
Momodu added that those arrested were 146 males and 10 females, adding that 65 out of the arrested suspects had been charged to court.
He said the agency had seized drugs weighing 923kg and three vehicles within the period under review.
The NDLEA boss commended Governor Willie Obiano for assisting the agency, saying the governor’s aid has propelled the NDLEA to accomplish a number of feats.
Momodu, however, regretted that lack of vehicles had continued to limit the agency’s operations.
He lamented the continued increase in cases of drug abuse and trafficking in the state, especially among the young ones.
He blamed parents for the involvement of youths in drug abuse, noting that most parents don’t pay attention to their children to understand their worries, desires, aspirations and ambitions.
“If we listen to them and understand their problems and worries as they grow, we will be better able to identify their problems early enough before they go out of hand,” Momodu said.
He said in this year’s drug awareness day coming up on Sunday (tomorrow), the agency would create awareness on the prevalence of drug trafficking, dangers and the way out.
He urged parents, government and cooperate bodies to join hands in checking drug abuse among youths.