Authorities of the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have said that the continuous production of controlled drugs, Indian hemp (igbo) is denting the image of Delta state.
Delta state commander of the agency, Dennis Obiefule, told journalists that the business had thrived for a very long time in the state, saying many have sworn that they will be in the business, undermining its ban, till they are sent to the grave.
He said: “They go to prison, they come back and continue in the business. Some are not living in the state. They operate from outside. Sometimes when our officers go out, they attack them. As soon as they see them they start making calls the people are coming, In the midst of all these, they are not willing to drop the business.”
He said though Nigeria is a signatory to all drug conventions in the world, he said in the midst of this the ilicit business is still being carried out by daredevil Nigerians.
According to him, Nigerians are yet to appreciate the drug problem, adding: “If we appreciate it, we wont see it as a federal government problem but a problem which must be tackled by all sectors of society and all state governments.”
While saying that the agency lacked funds to engage in serious enlightenment programmes, he called on all Nigerians to see the drug war as a collective problem which should be jointly fought to keep Nigeria and the state free from drug related crimes.