… As Stakeholders advocate fight against drug abuse from home front***
The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has arrested two suspects in possession of 100 bags of dry leaves, suspected to be Cannabis, worth N10 million in Abuja.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the FCT, DSP Josephine Adeh said this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
She said the dry leaves were concealed beneath fertilizers loaded in a Dangote truck, heading to Abuja from Ondo State.
Adeh said the truck was intercepted by police operatives attached to Zuba Divisional Police Headquarters following a tip off by Inspection Officers of the Dangote Group of Companies.
She said the inspection officers were strategically positioned for control and management of the fleet of trucks at intermittent locations.
Adeh said the suspects had admitted their involvement in the criminal conspiracy and the illegal possession of prohibited substances upon the arrest.
The police spokesperson said the suspects confirmed that the illegal commodity was worth N10 million and admitted that they were contracted and promised N400,00 each.
She said efforts were ongoing to arrest the fleeing members of the suspected criminal syndicate.
Adeh said the suspects and exhibits would be transferred to the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) upon the conclusion of the investigation
She said the Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of the FCT, Mr Babaji Sunday, had expressed concern over the high rate of drugs and substance abuse.
Sunday said the command would continue to partner with the NDLEA to bring the menace of drugs/substance abuse to the barest minimum in the FCT.
In another development, anti-drug abuse stakeholders on Thursday called for the war against the menace and human trafficking to be fought from the home front.
The stakeholders, including the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the National Assembly and National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) made the call at a summit in Abuja.
The newsmen report that the event was organised by the National Assembly Joint Committee on Drugs and Narcotics, in collaboration with the National Association of Nigeria Drug Monitoring (NANDRUM) and the Excellent Women International.
In different submissions made at a one-day National Summit, the various stakeholders said that the habitual stage of the crime should be curbed at the home front.
According to the representative of UNODC, Mr William Wu, if there is zero tolerance for drug consumption and abuse by children in all homes, traffickers will not emerge in society.
He said that the summit was a proactive step by the stakeholders in curbing crime in Nigeria.
“This summit of fighters against drug abuse and trafficking is very apt and proactive.
“The homes should be used as start points of waging the war against the menace through responsible parenting for children by parents.
” The Act upon which the NDLEA is prosecuting the war against drug abuse and trafficking should be reviewed by making provision for more stringent measures and punishment for the crime.
” The UNODC will continue to partner with relevant stakeholders in Nigeria to curb the menace technically and technologically,” he said.
In his submission, the NDLEA Secretary, Shadrack Haruna, said the fight should not be left for the agency or government alone.
“Concerted efforts should be made right from the home front to fight the war.
NDLEA is trying its best to rid the Nigerian society of drug addicts and traffickers who, going by realities on the ground, constitute the largest percentage of criminals in the society,” he said.
The Comptroller-General, Nigeria Correctional Service, Haliru Nababa represented by Sylvanus Yakubu, said 70 to 75 per cent of inmates were involved in drug-related cases.
“When all are involved in the fight against the menace, there will be decongestion,” he said.
In her remarks, Director-General, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) Dr Fatima Waziri-Azi, said technology and parents should be used to fight the war against drug abuse and trafficking in Nigeria.
Waziri-Azi was represented by Helen Osariome.