The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in Edo State says it lost 93 vehicles, an office building, and other valuables to the unrest that trailed the #EndSARS protests in October.
The state Commander of the NDLEA, Buba Wakama, announced this in Benin when he led other members of the command on a courtesy visit to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Friday.
Wakama said 24 of the vehicles were completely burnt while 69 vehicles were vandalized, noting that four of the vehicles were for operational duties.
He said 82,000 kilograms of assorted drugs were either looted, burnt, or destroyed.
He said the destruction had created serious challenges in the prosecution of cases before the Federal High Court.
“Operations in the state have been completely grounded and there is an upsurge in the report of indiscriminate use and sale of drugs; the command is handicapped due to lack of operational base.
“Even the usual end of the year special operations have not held due to lack of command office.
“I want to appeal to Your Excellency for an accommodation, which will serve as an office space and other logistics for smooth operations in combating crimes in this Yuletide season.”
Responding, Obaseki sympathized with the command for the unfortunate losses incurred on account of the protests.
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