N60 billion Worth of Illicit Drugs Seized In Last 2 Months, Marwa, Explains Renewed Onslaught on illicit Trade
By Centus Nweze
The Chairman, National Drug Laws Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) Brig.-Gen Buba Marwa, has disclosed that a whopping N60 billion worth of illicit drugs have been confiscated by his agency in the last two months.
He further decried the menace of illicit drug trade and abuse amongst some unscrupulous Nigerians in recent past.
The anti- drug law enforcer expressed the concern in Ado-Ekiti,the Ekiti State capital at a Colloquium tagged, “Walk Away from Drugs” organised by Ekiti State Ministry of Justice.
Marwa described the menace of drug use and drug abuse as a universal problem and more worrisome in the country, saying in Nigeria today,” there is no challenge that is more worrisome as drug abuse in the country.
The NDLEA Boss linked the spate of insurgency kidnapping and banditry to free access to outlawed drugs,stressing that drugs is no respect for ethnicity or religion.
“The menace is worrisome, that within the last two months, more than N60 billion worth of illicit drugs have been ceased and perpetrators arrested and prosecuted.
” If access to drugs is prevented, criminality can be reduced by 50 per cent,”, in the country, Marwa said.
The NDLEA boss, called for concerted efforts by stakeholders to the campaign against use of illicit drugs among the citizenry, as he suggested that parents should henceforth include drug certificate as parts of the criteria to give their daughters and sons hands in marriage.
“Drug use is in every single community in the country. It has reach a very frightening dimension in Nigeria.”
“This will be the beginning of reducing drug usage and prevailing economic effects on the nation,” he said.