Over N3billion worth of drugs have been confiscated and destroyed since the government of Kano state initiated war against the sale and consumption of fake and substandard drugs in the state, the state governor, Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso has revealed.
Disclosing this while setting ablaze a huge consignment of illicit and counterfeit drugs at Farawa, in the outskirts of Kano city, Kwankwaso said since the battle started nearly one year ago, assorted substandard and adulterated food items worth over N500 million were also destroyed.
The governor reiterated that his administration was determined to get rid of all kinds of fake drugs and adulterated food items because of the threat they pose to healthy human survival and development.
He expressed happiness that the committee set up by the government, in collaboration with relevant authorities prosecuting the anti-drug war, were now impounding vehicles transporting bad drugs, announcing that such vehicles will also be destroyed to discourage commercial drivers from assisting illegal drugs dealers.
Kwankwaso directed the committee responsible for the confiscation of illicit drugs and adulterated food items to put in more effort to arrest the drug dealers and expose them to the society.
Earlier the state Commissioner of Health Dr. Abubakar Labaran Yusuf explained that the illicit drugs set ablaze by the governor were worth N413 million, adding that they were impounded at various locations in Kano city.
Abubakar added that two Opel Vectra saloon cars involved in the transportation of the unwanted drugs were also part of the destruction exercise.
Also speaking, chairman, Kano Consumer Protection Council, Alhaji Nuhu Bello said 316 contaminated bags of rice, ten adulterated containers of sorrel cocktail drinks, locally called zobo drink as well as large a consignment of cigarettes worth N98 million were part of items destroyed during the exercise.
In a goodwill message, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero represented by Alhaji Abbas Sunusi pledge the Emirate council’s support and cooperation in fighting retailing and consumption of illicit drugs.