- About NDLEA
- Agency's Directorates
- National Drug Control Master Plan
- News and Publications
- Drug Demand Reduction
- Drug Laws
- Drug Supply Reduction
- NDLEA Wanted Persons
- Agency Commands
- NGO Activities
- Online counselling
- Drug Free Club
STAKEHOLDERS BLAME VIOLENT CRIME ON DRUGS
Anti-narcotic stakeholders at Ado-Ekiti the capital of Ekiti State South West Nigeria unanimously identified illicit drugs as the major catalyst responsible for violent crimes in the society. This was disclosed at the weekend during the public destruction of 4,242.847 kilogrammes of forfeited drug exhibits mainly cannabis seized by Ekiti State Command. The Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Ahmadu Giade led other dignitaries in condemning illicit drugs which they said accounts for over fifty percent of violent crimes.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA has seized 507.936 kilogrammes of illicit drugs worth over 2.2 billion naira in nine months at the Murtalla Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos. The breakdown of the drugs seized between January and November shows that cocaine has the highest quantity with 172.930 kilogrammes, cannabis is next with 170.554 kilogrammes, psychotropic substances 121.100 kilogrammes while heroin is 43.352 kilogrammes. A total of 139 suspected drug traffickers were arrested within the period under review comprising of 127 males and 12 females. The month of July has the highest seizure of 135.066 kilogrammes with 15 arrests while in February 19.04 kilogrammes of drugs were seized with 13 arrests.
Marijuana contains the chemical THC which is a mood and mind altering drug. THC occurs naturally in marijuana plants and when taken into the body causes a ‘high’ feeling in the brain. Marijuana is most commonly smoked, although it can be ingested in the form of various foods. It has not been scientifically proven that marijuana or THC is addictive, however if used over extended periods of time in a habitual manner, a person can develop a dependence on marijuana.
Many people use the justification that, “marijuana is not physically addictive”, therefore they do not have a problem, however, marijuana can negatively affect a person’s life on a number of different levels. Marijuana decreases short-term memory capacity, creates confusion, paranoia, anxiety and restlessness. In addition marijuana can negatively impact a person’s motor skills as well as his/her ability to feel emotions. Marijuana is often used in combination with other drugs and treatment for marijuana abuse is available and readily utilized.
It has not been scientifically proven that marijuana or THC is addictive, however if used over extended periods of time in a habitual manner, a person can develop a dependence on marijuana.
Marijuana is often used in combination with other drugs and treatment for marijuana abuse is available and readily utilized.
To become the most proactive and leading drug law enforcement Agency on the African Continent and one of the best in the world through the provision of effective and efficient services to Nigerians by cutting off the supply of illicit drugs, reducing the
. . . more
. . . more