The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arrested 85 drug suspects at a nightclub in Kano on Monday.
In a statement issued on Tuesday in Kano, Abubakar Idris-Ahmad, commander of the NDLEA in the state, said the arrests followed complaints about drug-related activities at the club.
He said members of the host community of the club complained that the club had been turned into a drug den.
He added that the suspects arrested were 55 males and 30 females, and substances suspected to be Indian hemp were recovered from them.
Idris-Ahmad also said that some suspects attempted to evade arrest by jumping over the fence, while others tried to hide inside deep freezers but were all arrested.
“The arrest of the suspects is a significant victory for the NDLEA in its fight against drug-related activities in Kano State.
“Drug abuse and trafficking have serious negative consequences, not only on individuals but also on the society,’’ he said.
He said the suspects were going through interrogation to identify the drug dealers among them before their arraignment.
“The drug users will be referred to the appropriate unit for counselling,’’ he said.
Idris-Ahmad called on public members to report drug-related activities to the agency as there would be no hiding place for drug dealers in the state.
The statement was signed by NDLEA’s spokesman in Kano State, Sadiq Muhammad-Maigatari.