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New body tackles drug abuse

27 June 2013, 08:46

Abuja - Borno State has established an anti-drug control committee to complement government’s efforts to curb drug trafficking and rampant use of substances.

Governor Alhaji Shettima has inaugurated the 10 member committee to help the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) address the problem.

State Attorney, Kaka Law, chairs the committee.

The committee is tasked with monitoring the activities of drug vendors in the state, enlightening youths on the dangers of drugs abuse, preventing the proliferation of hard drugs in the state, investigating and punishing any pharmaceutical store that sold hard drugs among others.

"People under the influence of drugs can commit heinous crimes such as rape, murder, robbery and sometimes suicide, because the drugs control them. Drugs are like the forbidden fruit. Once tested, they are difficult to resist," Shettima said.

Nigeria has become a transit for drug traffickers and Borno, bordering three countries - Chad, Niger Republic and Cameroon - is considered as a gateway for drug trafficking to other African countries and Europe.

- CAJ News


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