NDLEA Moves To Annihilate Fine Choice
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has said plans are in top stuff to alter a portion of its laws that accommodate the choice of fines for drug guilty parties.
It’s Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen, Mohammed Buba Marwa (Rtd), revealed this at the Institute of Change Management(ICM) yearly supper with the subject ” Drug Abuse In Nigeria: Changing the Narrative” held in Lagos at the end of the week.
Marwa, who was addressed by the Director, Seaport Operation, Mrs Omolade Faboyede, said a portion of the laws as contained in the Act setting up the office are out of date and furthermore make arrangements for the choice of fines for guilty parties.
‘’It is worrisome that we have some of our officers lost their lives in the course of battling with drug traffickers.
“But at the end of the day, some of these offenders when taken to court are just fined and they later return to the same business. This is a worrisome trend that we are trying to correct in other to make the punishment stiffer.”
The NDLEA manager said a portion of the medications wrongdoers subsequent to being charged to court are let free and fined, saying a portion of these guilty parties return to the general public and proceed in the demonstration of medication use or business.
A stressed Marwa said without beating around the bush, the chronic drug usage of Nigeria is huge, adding that the National Drug Use Survey 2018 showed that 14.3 million Nigerians addressing 14.4 percent of the populace utilized psychoactive substances beside liquor.
On changing the nation’s illicit drug use story, Marwa said this necessitates that all hands should be at hand to guarantee that we do things any other way.
The NDLEA supervisor noticed that while captures and seizures are the features of its exercises, it is anyway looking for a long-lasting and sweeping change, particularly change in the public eye’s disposition towards drug use, misuse and dealing.
He explained, “It is to this end that we launched the War Against Drug Abuse(WADA) campaign which is meant to, in the long run, help prevent the entrenchment of drug abuse culture among young people in the society.”
He anyway encouraged the initiative and individuals from ICM just as others to join the WADA group by spreading the message against substance addiction and illegal medication dealing; that ought to be essential for the change ICM ought to hence lecture.
Administrator and President of ICM, Mr. Nathaniel Osewele, said the decision of the theme was educated by the need to additionally develop the talk on the expanding wave of abuse and maltreatment of hard medications in the public arena, particularly among the adolescents.