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NDLEA destroys N13.6bn drugs

16 November 2012, 07:26

Lagos - The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), on Thursday in Badagry, Lagos State, publicly destroyed seized drugs valued at N13.6 billion.

The drugs include cannabis, heroin, cocaine, ethamphetamine and amphetamine.

Mr Mitchel Ofoyeju, spokesman of the agency disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

Ofoyeju said that among the drugs destroyed were the heroin hidden in woollen carpets and footballs as well as other seized and forfeited narcotics.

According to Ofoyeju, the Chairman of the agency, Ahmadu Giade, supervised the exercise.

"Any society that fails to destroy drugs will end up being destroyed by drugs.

"Cannabis, like cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine, has serious consequences on health, economy and security of a nation.

"We shall not take any decision that will ruin the future of our youths who are the leaders of tomorrow.

"Medical or recreational reasons are not good enough for Nigeria to legalise the use of cannabis.

"Let it be made clear that Nigeria is not considering legalising cannabis or any other narcotic drugs for recreational use.

"The future of our youths is greater than any recreational consideration," Ofoyeju quoted the chairman as saying.

He said that the event was witnessed by stakeholders, including traditional rulers, military officers, paramilitary agencies, members of the National Youth Service Corps and students.


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