The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has destroyed 19.234.58 kilograms of drugs made up of cannabis Sativa, and other variety of psychotropic substances in Borno.
The Chief Executive of NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Mustapha (Rtd) reportedly said that the drug situation of the state is high considering its proximity to the neighboring countries of Sahel comprising of Niger, Chad, and Cameroon, due to its porous borders.
Mustapha reportedly said that over 4.2 million Nigerians abused all forms of psychotropic substances which has fueled violent crimes, cultism in campuses, and even domestic violence.
Mustapha reportedly said that because of the high rate of this menace faced by the country, the federal government is focusing on a new drug program on the New National Security Strategy as part of the efforts to forestall the menace of insecurity confronting the country.
According to Mustapha, New Policy Initiatives are underway to ensure that the country overcomes the problems of illicit trafficking and drug abuse.
“As an extension of the proposed Drugs Integrity Test Policy in the public service, the NDLEA is also considering partnering with religious leaders to make drug test a prerequisite for marriage in Churches and Mosques just as the case of HIV/AIDS and genotype test” Mustapha reportedly said.
Mustapha reportedly implored government at all levels, community and religious leaders, parents, social workers, the media, youth organizations, and policymakers to help in the fight against drug abuse in the country.
In reaction, the Governor of Borno state, Gov. Babagana Zulum reportedly said that the large number of drugs seized by the agency was a matter of great concern especially the numbers of students in secondary schools and tertiary institutions who take these illicit drugs.
Zulum appealed to the NDLEA to continue to work with other agencies involved in the regulations, manufacturing, importation, and distribution of drugs in Nigeria.