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NDLEA boss : Tramadol fuels insurgency in North-East

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Muhammad Abdallah, on Thursday disclosed that tramadol is a major catalyst for insurgency in the North-East.

Abdallah stated this on Thursday while featuring on Channels Television ahead of this year’s International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking scheduled for June 26 with the theme, ‘Better Knowledge for Better Care’.

He noted that drug abuse increased during the lockdown occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic, adding that it is the country’s ‘real pandemic’.

He said, of the abused psychoactive substances by Nigerian youths, the consumption of tramadol is more worrisome.

NDLEA boss said, “The Government of India has up its ante; they have now put more control on the supply of tramadol to Nigeria.

“Tramadol, if I will explain a little bit more, for normal medicinal dosage is between 50mg and 100mg. But the ones we have seen in Nigeria range from 200mg to like 500mg. Even a horse will be deadbeat by the time it takes that.

“But that is what Nigerians have been taking. That is what fuels insurgency in the North-East. Because Theatre Commandants have testified to me that every Boko Haram camp they have overrun, they found paraphernalia of drug abuse particularly tramadol.”

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