The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has arrested no fewer than 5,000 suspects and secured 500 convictions for drug abuse and trafficking offences between January and May this year
The Chairman of NDLEA, retired Brig.-Gen. Mohamed Marwa, said this on Saturday in Ibadan at the launch of a book authored by retired Brig.-Gen. Larinde Laoye.
The book is entitled “Victory in Defeat (The Manifestation of God’s Power)”.
Marwa said that 3,000 offenders had been charged to court, while 2,303 individuals were counselled and treated for drug-related problem within the months under review.
He also said that more than two million kilogrammes of assorted illicit drugs, worth over N90 billion, were seized together with some cash during the period.
The NDLEA boss said that statistics of drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking recorded by NDLEA in the first five months of the year had called for sober reflection.
“These statistics are alarming and they are red flags about the need to safeguard the future 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 efforts 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.
“That is why we are advocating a new social order, where drug test becomes the norm for intending couples, as part of the wedding rites,” he said.
Marwa said that the agency was also advocating drug test for students who wanted to gain admission into tertiary institutions and for government employees, as part of the employment procedures and the periodic validation of their employment.
The NDLEA chairman described the author of the book as a very brilliant officer and a role model, who was worthy of emulation, while calling on the younger generation of Nigerians to follow the worthy path of Laoye.
Marwa said that if Laoye had taken to drugs as a young man he would not have achieved what he had achieved in life.
Speaking, Laoye said that only God knew why he once became a victim of a crime he never committed, adding that the book was for the world to hear his own side of
He, therefore, called on Nigerian youths to be focussed, while believing in God as the only one that could uplift them to greater heights.