According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), 612,547.89kg quantity of the narcotic drug was seized in 2019 as against 163,684.44kg seized in 2018 which represents an increase of 274.22%.
Despite the significant increase in the number of cases and drug seizures, the 9,479 suspects arrested in 2019 was a number marginally lower than the 9,779 arrested in 2018 which represents a decrease of -3.07%.
Drug Seizure and Arrest Statistics 2019 published on Thursday, August 27, 2020, showed that 86% of drug cases in Nigeria in 2019 were recorded in the northern region.
Drug Cases (Regional Breakdown)
A total of 397 counselling cases were reported in 2019 as against 730 in 2018 while 397 counselling were concluded in 2019 as against 440 in 2018.
9,418 suspects were prosecuted in 2019 as against 9,779 in 2018 while 1,120 were convicted in 2019 as against 1,220 in 2018.
Of the 9,479 suspects arrested in 2019, 8571 were males while 908 females.