The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Niger on Monday destroyed Indian hemp and other psychotropic substances weighing 21 tonnes in Maikunkule village, Bosso Local Government Area of the state.
The state governor, Abubakar Bello, who led the operation, said the security of lives and property was a focus of his government.
He was represented at the forum by the state Commissioner for Internal Security, Emmanuel Umaru.
The NDLEA pegged the street value of the destroyed drugs at more than N1 billion.
The NDLEA Commander in the state, Haruna Kwetishe, said the destruction of the drugs was symbolic and in line with the agency’s Act.
He said: “NDLEA Act mandates us to arrest drug traffickers and dealers, seize illicit drugs and prosecute all drugs related offenders who contravene the Act and destroy seized drugs publicly, in fulfilment of this mandate.