The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has said that Nigeria has the highest number of persons serving jail terms for drug related offences worldwide.
Mr Iweajunwa Okechukwu, NDLEA commander in the Niger State, told Journalists in Minna, the state capital, that this development has now become one of the biggest problems confronting the country today.
“All over the world, Nigerians are notorious for drug trafficking. We have the highest number of traffickers serving jail terms more than any other country in the world,” he said.
He said Government is worried about this development, hence the Theme of this year’s drug free day is ‘Lets Develop our Lives, our Communities and our Identities without Drugs.’
Okechukwu reminded Nigerians of the recent Indonesian drug saga in which Nigerians who were involved were executed, adding that more Nigerians are also facing similar charges in some other foreign countries. This, he said, is not a good development for the country.
He said in Niger State drug abuse is now becoming a serious issue, especially the prescription of drugs and psychotropic substances such as tramadol, rohypnol and diazepam.