NDLEA: NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says that nobody is above the law in the fight against illicit drug trafficking. Ugokwe Humphrey Principal Staff Officer, Operations & Investigations, NDLEA, made this known on 99.3 Nigeria Info FM’s Morning Crossfire on Wednesday on a day set aside as the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
Cross sections of Nigerians – as witnessed by the few calls on the programme – have reservations about the activities of the drug law agency. But Ugokwe disagrees.
“Anybody who tells you that NDLEA is complicit in or maybe NDLEA is compromised, that person is just speaking out of ignorance. No person is above the law as far as NDLEA is concerned.”
The NDLEA official gave insight into the efforts of the agency in the fight against drug trafficking and some of the results obtained so far this year for the Lagos state command of the agency.
“From January 2019 till yesterday, the number of suspects arrested by Lagos state command is 242 and the number of drug users counselled in our unit amounts to 175 persons,” he said.
“We have 46 persons convicted by the High Court. The total weight of drugs seized stands at 4117.338kgs.”
According to him, these figures attest to the efforts the intelligence agency is putting into the fight and prevention of drug abuse.
A 2018 report put together by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) shows that about 14.3 million adults in Nigeria admitted to using psychoactive drug substances. The new highest levels of drug use were recorded among people aged between 25- 39.
The research also puts the prevalence rate across the six geo-political zones as 3,000,000 for North-West, 2,090,000 for the North-East, 1,500,000 for the North-Central, 4,382,000 for the South-West, 2,124,000 for the South-South and 1,550,000 for the South-East.
The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is celebrated annually on the 26th of June across United Nation member countries. The theme for this year is 'Health for Justice, Justice for Health'.