fctThe Katsina State Command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a trailer loaded with 24,000 bottles of cough syrups containing codeine.

The arrest, which occurred in Funtua local government area of the state, was disclosed on Tuesday by the NDLEA State Commandant, Hajiya Maryam Gambo Sani.

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She said the six persons were arrested in connection with the drug cargo.

She listed the arrested men as the driver, his assistant, two conductors, the manager and salesman for Sunglow Equity Nig. Ltd, the suspected owners of the cargo.

The trailer was arrested by the NDLEA operatives at the company’s warehouse located in Dutsen-reme area.

Sani said that the trailer came from Onitsha.

She said that the suspects would be charged to court for prosecution.

Sani also said that 12 students of tertiary institutions in the state were arrested for drugs related offences.

The commandant said that the items seized from the students included 159 bottles of cough syrups with codeine, 160.6 grams of cannabis sativa and 50.7 grams of Rohypnol (Rochee).

She also said that a total of 186 persons were apprehended between January and March, 2018, for drugs related offences in the state.

Sani said that 57.8 kilograms of assorted hard drugs and 25,254 bottles of cough syrups with codeine were seized from the suspects.

However, codeine is not a banned substance and it remains to be seen what law the cargo owners would be said to have flouted.