In Kano State, the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency detained 352 people and seized 2.1 tonnes of illegal substances.
The NDLEA Commander in the state, Mr. Abubakar Idris-Ahmad made the remark in an interview with newsmen in Kano on Thursday, April 6.
According to Idris-Ahmad, the arrests and seizures took place between January and March.
According to him, the suspects detained were 208 men and 44 women, and the drugs recovered included 1,225.05 kg of codeine and tramadol and 955.304 kg of cannabis sativa.
The commander said that the major challenge before the agency in the state was convincing communities to expose peddlers of illicit drugs in their midst.
“Our challenge is being able to educate the communities to provide useful information about the hideouts of drug users or peddlers whose activities had continued to impact negatively on the society.
“People should be aware of the dangers that drug users or traffickers constitute in society so that the public will come out with useful information to ensure a drug-free society,” Idris-Ahmad said.
He, therefore, appealed to the general public to provide useful and timely information on drug traffickers to the command, so as to take them out of circulation and safeguard society.