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NDLEA says 14.2 m Nigerians consumed illicit drugs in 2018

National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has lamented the consumption of
illicit drugs by 14.2 million Nigerians in 2018.

agency’s chairman, Col. Mohammad Abdallah (retd), told newsmen in Ilorin, the
Kwara State capital, on the side-line of the sent-forth ceremony organised for
the retiring commander of state command, Ona Ogilegwe.
by his Chief of Staff, Femi Oloruntoba, the NDLEA chairman said: “Everybody is
alarmed at the rate drugs are abused these days.”
reference to United Nations (UN) statistics, Abdallah said: “The recent United
Nations drugs survey put it that 14.2 million Nigerians consumed illicit drugs
in 2018. This is higher than the global statistics. Globally, it is estimated
that only five million people took drugs last year. Ironically and
frighteningly, it means 14.2 per cent of Nigerians took drugs last year.
“What it
means is that every Okada rider that you see working from 6 a.m to 10 p.m is on
something. The cultists, the kidnappers who pitch tent in the bush are on
drugs. What it means also is that if government fights drugs, it has fought 50
per cent of criminality in Nigeria.”
NDLEA chairman urged the government to provide the tools, the fund and the
personnel for the war against drug abuse to be successful across the country.
“What we
are asking government to do is to give us the materials, men and money – the
three Ms – and, of course, equipment.
is better to soak the presence of NDLEA men in all the corners of the country.
What I am saying is that the presence of NDLEA cannot be felt in every nook and
cranny of Nigeria because we are short of men.
equipment is where the world is gravitating to. Equipment can solve a lot of
problems without physically being there. I was opportune to see it in China.
you are at the police headquarters in China, you will see all that is happening
in the cities of Bejin one after the other. Even if government cannot do that
for us, it should give us the minimum to police the borders, airports and
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