The Governor of Kano State Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has announced the destruction of counterfeit and illicit drugs worth over N318.45m, in Farawa, a suburb of Kano.
The drugs were confiscated at various markets in Kano metropolis and impounded at the Tannery warehouse, Bompai, Aiport road by Raccah, and included some markets.
“It is only in Nigeria that people sell medicine without control, and in unauthorized places. This would not augur well with the welfare of the Nigerian citizens,” Kwankwaso said.
He further expressed his satisfaction with the step by the Federal Government to halt the sale of drugs in the open market, pointing out that the move would go a long way in addressing the twin problems of drug trafficking and abuse.
Kwankwaso said if such measures are not adopted, the youth of the nation would be exposed to drug abuse and its related consequences, and his administration is doing its best to check the menace.
The Commissioner of Health, Dr. Abubakar Labaran Yusuf, said this was the seventh occasion of drug destruction under the present administration, and that the Federal Government has announced from June 30, there would be no more selling of medicines in open market places.
It would be added that Kwankwaso and his administration as quite successful in a war with drug barons in Kano.
In December 2013 the governor revealed tonnes of illicit drugs were being confiscated in the state every week. Illicit drugs worth over N600 million were destroyed last year, and before then, a batch of over N3 billion worth had been liquidated.