‘Go beyond arresting drug traffickers’- CAN urges NDLEA

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By Muhammad Muhammad Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has challenged the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to widen the scope of operations beyond the arrest of traffickers of illicit substances in the country.

Besides, CAN canvassed compulsory drug tests for all security agencies if only the country is ready to purge its citizens of drug abuse.

Solacebase reports that CAN Chairman in Kano, Reverend Samuel Adeolu Adeyemo made the call when the association received Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Gen. Muhammad Buba Marwa, and the management team on advocacy visit to CAN secretariat in Kano.

The NDLEA Chairman had earlier requested the church leaders to leverage on the endowed power of pulpits to preach on the negative consequences eminent in the use of illicit substances.

Gen. Marwa who revealed that Nigeria parades not less than 10.6 million abusers of drug abuse, stressed that one in six persons in Kano abuse drugs.

The former Military Governor of Lagos state who equally attributed the rising case of insecurity ravaging the country to the proliferation of drug trafficking reminded the Church leaders of the critical task in the fight against drug abuse.

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Rev. Adeyemo who applauded the efforts of NDLEA in the war against illicit drugs, however, opined the fight may be far from over if the cartels behind the circulation continued to work freely.” Let me assure you that the Church is ready and willing to partner with NDLEA to fight drug abuse because the words of God ask us to be sober and I’m sure no drug abuse person will be sober. We will continue to preach against it because Church is never a place of drugs.

” We also urge the agency to go beyond the arrest of carriers because they are only conveying the substance for the billion cartels. We hope significant achievement is achievable if the barons are arrested, prosecuted and assets confiscated.

” CAN also want a compulsory drug test for our security agencies, starting with NDLEA to lead by example. If for instance the test is made compulsory and anyone found positive should be denied promotion, we would begin from their making progress. We also need to look at the impact of energy drinks and the damage in the society”.

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