Gombe - The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Gombe has called on traditional and religious leaders to preach against drugs abuse and cocaine intake among their people.
The Commandant of the agency in the state, Aliyu Adole, told the media in Gombe on Friday that the leaders should double their effort to sensitise the members of the public, especially the youth, who were expected to be the leaders of the future.
According to him, drugs use by the youth placed them out of control and some time made them to cause problems in the society.
“We want the traditional and religious leaders to also help in sensitising their followers in their mosques and churches,” he said.
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Adole also called on the elders and parents in the community to also come out and assist the youth to stop abusing drugs.
“So, everybody in the community should come out to assist the NDLEA to assist the youth in Gombe State to get out of this drug menace,” he said.
He said the agency recently arrested some persons suspected to be dealing in cocaine and others taking cannabis and other psychotropic substances.
“This group of people has turned Gombe into their marketing and selling arena. This is not comfortable for us; the young people of Gombe are getting involved in cocaine abuse which is too bad,” he said.