AHMED MARI, MAIDUGURI
Borno state commander of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Barrister Ona Ogilegwu has said that his men have arrested 16 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and three civilian JTFs with various quantizes of illicit drugs and substances in Maiduguri.
The state commander disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Maiduguri at a sensitization Workshop organized by the agency in collaboration with the National Association of proprety Patient Medicine Dealer (NAPPMED), Borno state branch at the State Hotels Maiduguri yesterday.
Barrister Ona said the agency has also arrested 13 IDPs selling illicit drugs at various camps in Maiduguri, stressing that as the IDP prepares to return to their communities there is need for concerted effort by all stakeholder to stem the sell and use in illicit drugs in the state, as according to him insurgency and drugs are cousins.
The NDLEA boss said most of the insurgents carry out their activities under the influence of drugs and called on the Federal government to fund the agency to carry out its mandate effectively.
“it is unfortunate to inform you that we have also arrested 3 members of Civilian JTF with brand new Hilux load the large quantiy of Canabis popularly known as Indiam hemp and investigation is still going on, we will parade them to you as soon, as we conclude investigation, Barrister Ona stated.
He also called on the Borno state government NASPPMED and media to join hand with the agency to stem out sell and use of illicit drugs, more especially in the post insurgency era.
Speaking at the occasion Governor Kashim Shettima represented by his Deputy said drugs is an integral part of insurgency ans and one of the pillar in which they strive, as such there is direct link between insurgency and drugs, because military during its operations has severally intercepted vehicles loaded with drugs and in some cases recovered drugs in their hide outs.
In his contributions, the Chairman of the Occasion, Dr. Ibrahim Umara of the University of Maiduguri called on the youths not to allow themselves to be use by politician as political thugs, where they were given drugs and other illicit substances to take before embarking on campaign rallies.
He also called on the politician to stop giving drugs to youths in the name of campaign instruments, as according to him drugs aere scares during the period of campaign and elections.
The governor there fore assured his government support to agency in the on going fight to eliminate sell and use of illicit drugs, adding that the workshop was timely, as government have since commence reconstruction of the destroyed communities and will soon start relocating them back to their communities.
In his address, the Chairman NAPPMED, Alhaji Abubakar Bana said the youth are the pillar of any society, hence the need to sensitized them against the use of illicit drugs, so that they contribute positively toward the economic development of the state, more especially as insurgency is coming to an end.
He said fight against the use and sell of illicit drugs is ann universal fight and assured their members support in the collective effort to rid the society of drug abuse and use of illicit drugs.