Late last month, the Director–General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Professor Moji Adeyeye expressed dissatisfaction with the current fine of N300,000 for persons found to be smuggling drugs in Nigeria.
According to her, the amount is not enough to serve as a deterrent to intending smugglers. Smugglers of controlled substances like Tramadol and codeine are being fined N300,000 which is not a stiff enough penalties for the menace, she said.
Adeyeye called on the Federal Government to create stiffer penalties for drug smugglers as this will help to reduce emanating cases of smuggling. She stated that in June, a court sentenced a peddler of Tramadol to five years in prison with the option of paying N300,000.
She decried the alarming rate of smuggling in Nigeria as over 40 trucks of codeine and Tramadol had been impounded this year. She further called for creation of more rehabilitation centres to cater for drug addicts and encouraged parents and religious institutions to give orientations and discourage drug smuggling and abuse.