Between NDLEA and the drug war | Dailytrust

Between NDLEA and the drug war

The seizure of 48,000 tablets of 225mg Tramadol and the arrest of the three trans-border traffickers heading out of Nigeria through Mubi in Adamawa State to Cameroon Republic via Bagira border town on January 28, 2022 by the operatives of the NDLEA has again brought to the fore the problem of drug abuse especially controlled drugs like Tramadol. 

According to the latest report of the NDLEA, there have been seizures of 3.4 million kilogrammes of illicit drugs, arrest of 12,306 drug dealing suspects and a number of cases in courts which have resulted in the conviction of 1,400 offenders.

With all these facts, one will wonder what audacity and guts these crime-oriented persons possess to still engage in the illegal importation, transportation, and distribution and trafficking of illicit drugs within the country.

Ignorance, they say, is not an excuse in law. Hence, I urge Nigerians not to weep for those caught in possession of illicit drugs, for soon the triple eyes of the NDLEA consisting of their intelligence, arrest and prosecution will meet up with them.

In view of the roof tops campaigns against drug abuse and trafficking from various civil society groups and NGOs, parents and teachers alike must sit up to do their work by talking to their children and wards. Nigerians must own the fight against trafficking in illicit drugs.

Francis Okogun wrote from Benin City, Edo State

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