Nigeria a Transit Country for Drug Trafficking – Marwa

“Cannabis is cultivated in different parts of the country and there is evidence of methamphetamine producing laboratories.“Cannabis used by 10.6 million Nigerians is the most common used drug followed by opioid with 4.6 million including tramadol.He said the agency took the step because of the threat drugs posed to Nigeria’s national security.He also added. “This is in addition to the fact that one in every five individuals using drugs is a woman and one in five who had used drug in the past year is suffering from drug user disorder.”He said, “Nigeria is traditionally considered a transit country for drug trafficking.According to him, this justifies the agency’s offensive action against illicit drugs’ production laboratories and farms.Marwa stated this in his presentation on the national drug control master plan at the commission on Narcotic drugs conference taking place in Vienna, Austria, NAN reports.Marwa further stated that a situation where the drug use prevalence in Nigeria was 14.4 per cent was unacceptable, adding that necessary steps must be taken to reverse the trend.“Drugs trafficked include: cannabis, cocaine, heroin and tramadol.“The problem is much bigger as different categories of drugs are produced, consumed and trafficked in the country.Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa, The Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) retired, has said that Nigeria is traditionally being considered a transit country for drug trafficking.“NDLEA has destroyed thousands of hectares of cannabis cultivated land as well as 18 methamphetamine manufacturing laboratories.”The NDLEA boss, however, said the agency remained committed as Nigeria’s premier drug control agency with the mandate to “provide effective and efficient services to Nigerians.” penetv

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