Nigeria Now Has 14million Hard Drug Users As Substances Worsen Banditry, Kidnapping – NDLEA

GodGift Ifunanya
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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has claimed that the total number of hard drug users in the country is about 14.3 million.

This was stated by the Zonal Commander, Zone ‘F’ of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), ACGN Sule Momodu, who indicated that the increasing number of drug takers in the country was the primary source of banditry and other crimes.

Momodu made this revelation while speaking to pharmacists and officers of the military and other paramilitary agencies during a dialogue to stop the proliferation of controlled drugs in Kaduna State. 

He stated that tackling insecurity was the bane to the success of Nigeria’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other development objectives, while drug usage remained the primary cause of rampant abductions and kidnappings in the country.

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According to Daily Trust, the NDLEA boss said, “There are 14.3 million drug users in Nigeria. the prevalence rate in Kaduna State alone is 10 per cent, ranking fourth in the North-Western states of the country. The North West alone has about 3 million drug users.” 

He recounted that when he was the NDLEA Commander in Katsina, the state governor advised him that once bandits used tramadol, nothing could stop them from carrying out their lethal operations. 

Aliyu Jibrin, a community chemist who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, stated that pharmacists, as professionals, are aware of the regulations and ethics of drug dispensing and would not do anything that could jeopardise Nigeria’s security.

He said the number of pharmacists in Nigeria was limited, saying in the whole of Kaduna they were not up to 400; yet there are thousands of drug stores in the state. 

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