Drug Abuse: NDLEA arrests 5,000 offenders, convicts 500

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), says has arrested no fewer than five thousand suspects and secured 500 convictions between January and May for drug abuse and trafficking.

The agency’s Chief Executive Officer, Retired Brig.-Gen. Mohamed Marwa, made this known on Saturday in Ibadan at a book launch authored by Retired Brig.-Gen. Larinde Laoye.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the book is entitled: “Victory In Defeat (The Manifestation Of God’s Power)”.

Marwa said three thousand offenders had been charged to court, while 2,3 individuals were counselled and treated for drug- problem within the months under review.

He said more than two million kilogrammes of assorted drugs were seized and N90 billion worth of drugs and cash recovered.

The said statistics of drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking recorded by the agency in the first five months of the year calls for sober reflection.

“These statistics are alarming and are flags about the need to safeguard the of the young generation.

“This is to awaken your consciousness to the urgent need for every citizen of Nigeria to support the NDLEA in its to save our country from the menace of abuse and trafficking of illicit substances.

“We must attach some urgency to the need to rid our society of the drug menace, is why we are advocating a new social order where drug test becomes the norms for couples as part of the wedding rites,” he said.

Marwa said the agency was also advocating for drug test for students want to gain admission into tertiary institutions and for government employees as part of the employment process and periodic validation of their employment.

He described the author of the book as a very brilliant and a role model worthy of emulation, and called on younger generation to follow the illustrious path of Laoye.

Marwa said if Laoye had taken to drugs as a young man he would not have achieved what he had achieved.

Laoye said only God knew why he became a victim of crime he never committed, adding the book was for the world to hear his own side of the story.

He, therefore, called on Nigerian youths to be focussed and believed in God as the only one could uplift them to a greater  height. (NAN)