Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, on Monday, arrested 85 drug suspects at a nightclub in Kano, Kano State.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the spokesman for the NDLEA in the state, Sadiq Muhammad-Maigatari, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists on Tuesday.
Muhammad-Maigatari quoted the state commander of the agency, Abubakar Idris-Ahmad, as saying that the arrest followed complaints about drug-related activities at the club.
He said members of the host community of the club complained that the club had been turned into a drug den.
He added that the suspects arrested were 55 males and 30 females and substances suspected to be Indian hemp were recovered from them.
Idris-Ahmad also disclosed that some of the suspects attempted to evade arrest by scaling the fence, while others tried to hide inside deep freezers, but were all arrested.
“Drug abuse and trafficking have serious negative consequences, not only on individuals but also on the society,” he said.
He said the suspects were going through interrogation to identify the drug dealers among them before their arraignment.
“The drug users will be referred to the appropriate unit for counselling,” he added.
Idris-Ahmad called on members of the public to report drug-related activities to the agency as there would be no hiding place for drug dealers in the state.