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Over 800 Nigerians await execution abroad over drug crimes, says expert

By Collins Osuji, Owerri
13 June 2022   |   3:55 am
No fewer than 800 Nigerians are currently awaiting execution in South Asian countries over drug related crimes.

No fewer than 800 Nigerians are currently awaiting execution in South Asian countries over drug related crimes.
Principal Staff Officer, Training, Media and Advocacy of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Imo State Command, Mr. Shehu Lamuwa, disclosed this at a one-day security sensitisation programme, organised by the National Orientation Agency (NOA) for students, held at Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri.
Presenting a lecture on “Drug Abuse: Prevention and Strategies”, Lamuwa, who is also the Assistant Commander of Narcotics, said about 14.5 million Nigerians indulge in drug abuse, through intake of hard substances, not prescribed but prohibited drugs.

He identified laws and norms favourable to drug uses, availability, accessibility as well as affordability of hard drugs, extreme poverty, political and economic instability as facilitators of the menace.
Other remote causes of the illness, according to him, are improper parenting, anti-social behaviours, early exposure to drug use especially among teenagers, among others.
Advising the students and youths to shun all forms of drug abuse, he said, students must resist peer pressure to indulge in drugs.
He said: “The War Against Drug Abuse in campus must complement the good job initiated by the Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig General Buba Mohammed Marwa rtd, who is on a mission to salvage the problems of drug abuse in the society.
“We have identified some of the norms of our society and nonchalant attitude of parents as factors fueling the incidence of drug consumption.
“Today, I am using this medium to once again call on all concerned including the school authorities, NGOs and other stakeholders to join us on this campaign against drug abuse, which is eating deeply into the fabric of our society.
“Also, NGO like the National Association of Seadogs could partner the Agency as part of its corporate social responsibilities to stamp out the ills of drug abuse in our communities.”