The Kaduna State command of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has confiscated 130 bags of cannabis from suspected drug peddlers in the state.
While parading the bags of cannabis before journalists in his office, the State NDLEA commandant, Samuel Azike explained that the discovery of the illicit substances was executed in collaboration with men of the state police command who busted a warehouse in the state capital where the bags of cannabis were hidden by a group of drug peddlers.
He announced that three suspects have been arrested in connection with the crime and will soon be charged to court at the end of investigation.
Azike also appealed to residents to assist security agencies in unmasking drug peddlers in the state especially as the Sallah festival is around the corner.
The Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has stated its plans to intensify efforts to stop the trade of illicit drugs in the country.
The agency believes that proceeds from such illegal transactions have helped to fund terrorist organisations globally and if more efforts are employed against it, an end can be brought to insurgency.
At a news conference in Abuja, chairman of the NDLEA, Colonel Muhammad Abdallah (rtd) said the agency has kept faith with its operational promise of an intensive and extensive policing of the nation’s air, sea and land borders which has made it difficult for cartels to operate especially in recent time.
He, however, stressed the agency’s increased commitment to ensuring that more culprits are brought to book and the country is eventually rid of any form of crime.
A store in Alaska, a state in the United States, has begun retail marijuana sales, with buyers queueing up to buy legal marijuana on its first day.
The store’s grand opening took place on Saturday, one which the operators referred to as the “high noon.”
The store, ‘Herbal Outfitters, in Valdez, finally opened nearly two years after voters approved allowing people from 21 years and above to re-creationally use ‘pot’.
The company’s offerings will mark the first time it’s legal to buy ‘pot’ under the voter initiative approved in November 2014.
Furthermore, the passage of this law made it legal under state law to possess up to an ounce of marijuana outside of a home.
The store launch comes less than a week after the opening of the state’s first testing lab, ‘Cann Test’, in Anchorage.
The laboratory which would be used to test cannabis products such as flowers, edibles and concentrates, opened on Monday after clearing regulatory hurdles days before.
General Manager of the Herbal Outfitters, Derek Morris, said the store would initially carry only dried cannabis flowers, adding that manufacturers of edibles and concentrates are still in various stages of the permitting process.
In Fairbanks, another city within Alaska, two marijuana retail stores are planning to open in weeks to come, after final inspections are completed, with a third one being launched in about a month.
In 2012, Colorado became the first state to legalise the possession and sale of marijuana for recreational use.
In 2013, a measure to impose sales and excise taxes of 25% on the newly legalized recreational marijuana and earmark the first $40 million in revenue for public schools was approved.
This move according to the then government, showed a willingness on the part of Colorado voters to tax marijuana for the public benefit
This however, is in sharp contrast to what applies in many other states across the continent where the use of Marijuana or any other form of ‘hard drugs’, is highly prohibited and considered a crime which draws severe sanctions from the government.
In Nigeria, there is high prohibition for the use of illicit drugs, enforced by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA).
The agency had in different operations, destroyed large expanse of cannabis farms in states such as Oyo, Osun and Ogun, among others.
Facts About Cannabis-
Research has suggested that: Young people who smoke cannabis run the risk of a significant and irreversible reduction in their IQ.
A UK expert said the research might explain why people who use the drug persistently, seem to under-achieve.
Stopping or reducing cannabis use, failed to fully restore the lost IQ.
Persistent cannabis use for over 20 years is associated with neuro-psychological decline.
This is according to the U.S. journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Constant consumption builds up tolerance, in which users desire to consume stronger drugs to achieve the same level of highness, causing greater risk of IQ drop.
Among the short term dangers are:
Loss of coordination and distortions in the sense of time, vision and hearing.
Sleepiness, reddening of the eyes, increased heart rate as well as appetite and relaxed muscles which may result in reduced productivity levels.
The Kaduna State Command of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has seized illicit drugs worth over 30 million Naira and arrested nine suspected drug addicts and peddlers in Zaria.
Parading the suspects before journalists at the command’s headquarters in Kaduna, the state commander, Samuel Azige, said the suspects were arrested during a raid at their hideouts in Zaria where they stored the illicit drugs in a warehouse.
According to him, preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects stored in cartons banned tramadol drugs weighing over 500 grams.
He explained that the drug apart from being banned by the World Health Organisation, (W.H.O) has also expired and therefore harmful for human consumption.
The NDLEA Commander stated that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.
He said the command has made several seizures of illicit drugs amounting to over 20 tons as well as over 50 arrests since the beginning of this year.
Following the recent fatal crashes in Anambra state, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) with the help of the state government, have commenced a joint operation on the major highways and parks in the state, to sanitize and ensure that all harmful practices that lead to accidents and loss of lives are stopped.
This decision is coming on the heels of the ban placed on sale of alcohol, illicit drugs and intoxicating substance in all motor parks in the state.
Leading the operation in Awka and Onitsha, the state Commander of the NDLEA, Mr Sule Momodu, and the Sector Commander of the FRSC, Mr Sunday Ajayi, sensitized drivers, road users and traders at various parks on the dangers of drunk-driving and other road indiscipline.
During the stall to stall inspection, many traders were warned against the sale of alcohol and any other intoxicating substances, as all have been placed under ban. The NDLEA Commander interrogated some of the petty traders at Amawbia and Eke Awka Parks.
The NDLEA Commander addressed the park drivers and sounded the note of warning to them as enforcement would commence immediately after the sensitization.
The Safety manager of Adam and Eve park Amawbia, Mr Chimezie Nwankwo, while commending the positive measures from the government, allayed fears of non-compliance to the rules of high way safety, as they had already stopped the sale of any hard drink at the park.
From Awka to Onitsha, the men of the FRSC began the sanitization of the highways, as motorcycles and tricycles from defaulting cyclists were confiscated.
The Sector Commander warned that whoever must use the roads in the state must comply to the rules of the Road Safety so that the lives of the people would not be endangered.
It was also discovered that some cyclists take drugs, as Indian hemp was found neatly concealed in one confiscated motorcycle whose owner fled.
Reacting to the development, Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, said the state would commence enforcement of zero tolerance to motorcycle riders plying designated busy roads in the state, as well as arrest of motorcycle riders and passengers who failed to wear crash helmet from August 1.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has stressed the need for inter-agency collaboration in order to win the war against drug abuse and illicit trafficking in Nigeria.
The collaboration is to scale up its (NDLEA) control from small traffickers to medium and high level traffickers of illicit drugs.
The Director General of the NDLEA, Mrs Roli Bode-George, made the call in Abuja on Friday at an event to mark this year’s International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
Effective Criminal Justice System
According to the NDLEA boss, illicit drug trafficking and abuse has continued to thrive, despite government’s efforts to curb the menace.
Drug abuse and illicit trafficking of narcotics have continued to thrive in Nigeria in the face of several interceptions and destruction of illicit drugs and arrests in the last two years by the agency.
Meanwhile, the United Nations office on drug and crime says effective criminal justice system and provision of alternative jobs for producers of narcotics are needed for effective control of illicit drugs.
The Niger Command of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said on Friday that it arrested 114 suspects with 517.2kg of illicit drugs from January to December. The state Commander of the agency, Abdullahi Abdul, said this in an interview in Minna, the state capital.
“Most of the drugs being abused by the youth in the state are Indian hemp (cannabis) and psychotropic drugs,’’ he said.
Mr Abdul said that 51 suspects aged between 18 and 40 had been jailed by the Federal High Court, while others were still facing trial.
He said the agency also counselled and rehabilitated 69 former drug addicts and reintegrated them into the society within the period.
He urged parents, religious leaders and well-meaning individuals to assist the agency in the campaign against drug abuse.
The commander appealed to the state government to assist the agency in the area of logistics to enable it function optimally and maintain its six offices in the state.
He, however, commended the state government, the Nigerian Army and the Police for their assistance to the agency in the campaign against drug abuse.