OFFICERS of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Anambra State Command, recently intercepted a trailer load of amphetamines in the state.
The state commander of the agency, Mr. Mohammed Idris, made the disclosure while playing host to the state director, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Charles Nwoji and his team, who were in his office in continuation of NOA’s advocacy visit to organised institutions, agencies and organisations in the state.
The NDLEA commander, who said, the visit convinced him that NOA meant well for Nigerian society, confirmed that at least, 15 per cent of Nigerians were on drug on daily basis, noting that effect of illicit drug was very glaring during the #EndSARS protests in all states across the country.
Describing the issue of drug abuse as a serious challenge to every right thinking Nigerian, Idris revealed that the command had developed a lot of functional programmes which include establishment of drug free clubs in schools across the state, erection of rehabilitation centres where the command counsels both drug users and drug dealers to removing them from drug hook. These, he maintained, aim at discouraging demand for and reduction of illicit drugs use and its associated crimes in society.
Stressing that drug abuse among youths in the contemporary Nigeria has resulted in high increase in prostitution in the major cities across the country, the NDLEA boss called for a water-tight collaboration among NDLEA, NOA and other relevant agencies in Nigeria in the fight against the dreaded monster in society.
Briefing the NDLEA commander on the essence of the visit, the state director, NOA, Nwoji, said the visit was to re-ignite the spirit of the mutual relationship between the two sister agencies in the state and solicit the collaboration of the new leadership of NDLEA in the execution of the human-oriented programmes of NOA in its frantic efforts to ensure the reduction of the drug abuse, sexual and gender-based violence in the state to a barest minimum.