The Joint Task Force in Yobe state today destroyed illicit drugs recovered in course of various raids, cordon and search operations and encounters with suspected terrorists few months ago.
The destruction was carried out in the presence of journalists, officers and men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agencies (NDLEA), and other security agents.
Briefing journalists while setting the Illicit drugs ablaze, the spokesman of the JTF in Yobe state Lieutenant Eli Lazarus said the public destruction was made to discourage youths from indulging in the act.
He revealed that in the various operations carried out, it was discovered that most youths into terrorism and other criminal act do so under the influence of drugs.
Some of the drugs destroyed include Cannabis Sativa popularly known as Indian hemp, codeine, tramol, tutolin among others.
Lazarus appealed to parents and guardians to ensure that they monitor the activities of the children and wards and should endeavor to know their associates as a measure to prune their friends list.
Meanwhile the Task Force has embarked on a sensitization campaign to create public awareness on security issues and the need for members of the public to contribute towards eradicating crime and terrorism in the state and the country as a whole.
In the pamphlet distributed to motorists and Damaturu residents, JTF calls for cooperation with security agents in the search for lasting peace in the state.
The pamphlet made available GSM numbers that the JTF can be promptly contacted in the fight against crime and terrorists activities at any point in time.
The numbers include: 08065320525, 08183601361, 08185079293, 08039271822 and calls for general collaboration in the fight against the menace of crime in the society.