4.5 million Lagosians into drug business – NDLEA Boss

The Chairperson and Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Buba Marwa, has decried the high rate of illicit drug trafficking in Lagos State.

Mr Marwa, a retired brigadier-general, spoke during a visit to the agency’s command in Lagos for an on-the-spot assessment of its facilities.

He said the state was responsible for 30 per cent of the total drug abusers in the country.

“In the country, an estimate of 15 million people belong to one or more aspects of illicit drug dealing. This means about 4.5 million people in Lagos State are into illicit drugs,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the NDLEA boss is on a three-day familiarisation and assessment visit to the various commands of the agency in Lagos state including other entities that are of strategic importance to its operations.

Mr Marwa ordered operatives of the agency to completely wipe out drug cartels in Lagos State.

He said some of the factors responsible for the illicit drug scourge in Lagos State include: the huge population, the presence of two seaports and airports and a huge number of unregistered medicine sellers.

According to the NDLEA chairperson, there are about 1.058 million patent medicine stores in the country.

“Out of the figure, only 58,000 patent medicine outlets are registered while about 1 million others remain unregistered. This has really enhanced sales of illicit drugs in the state,” Mr Marwa, who is also a former military administrator of the state, said.

 

 

– Premium Times

About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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