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Kwara: NDLEA boss talks tough to drug peddlers, abusers

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From Debra Ajulo, Ilorin

The Commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Kwara State Command, Mr. Ambrose Umoru has advised illicit drug peddlers in the state to quit their illegal business or leave the state.

Speaking with journalists in Ilorin, Umoru said Kwara State will no longer be safe for drug peddlers and abusers.

“My advice is for the person to quit, if he is not ready to quit he should leave Kwara state for us and move to any other place he might chose to but definitely this state will not be safe for them to continue to carry out these criminal activities because we will go after them wherever they are,” he said.

The commander who disclosed that intelligence reports presently at his disposal suggest that cultivation of cannabis is not common in Kwara State said the state is used mainly as a transit state for cannabis and other illegal substances.

He said:”It is good for us so that we can tackle the use of Kwara as a transit point for these illicit drug, we know the surrounding state that these are cultivated but they use Kwara as a transit point, especially Ilorin.

“And you know when you have transit point there is the tendency of creating local market for users. So we would look at that and see the possibility of trying to encourage that kind of alternative crop production in Kwara.

“But from the report that I have been getting so far I have not heard about cultivation of cannabis but even though the state is quite large we will continue to intensify our efforts to identify if any cultivates this cannabis.

“One area I know Kwara is suffering from is the problem of the people who are moving cannabis through this place and that is why with my coming here now we are going to intensify patrol whether in the day time or night time because this state is close to many states and even countries so a lot of drug may be passing here and we don’t want anyone passing to stop so for that we would rather prefer that we stop them from even accessing this state so that our state will be free.”

While advising drug abusers to desist as it is not good for their health, he stressed that they should consider the implications on their family in terms of financial waste and criminal activities it can make them cause.

Umoru thereafter called on other stakeholders, especially the state government, the traditional institution, religious institution, market women, road transport workers and others to put all hands on deck and work with NDLEA so as to be able to sanitize the state of illicit drugs

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