15 million Nigerians consume illicit drugs – Marwa

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The Chairman and Chief Executive of the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), retired Brig.-Gen Buba Marwa, has said that 15 million Nigerians indulge in the consumption of illicit drugs.

Marwa disclosed this in an interactive session with Local Government Chairmen in Plateau on Wednesday in Jos.

He decried the surge in the distribution and consumption of illicit substances, adding that one out of seven Nigerians indulged in drug abuse.

He described the trend as “shameful”, saying that the agency had put modalities on the ground to curb the menace.

The chairman said that the surge in drug abuse had destroyed many youths and communities, hence the rationale for the interactive session.

“As I speak to you, 15 million Nigerians use illicit drugs; one out of seven Nigerians take hard substances.

“There is no community in Nigeria that is exempted from drug abuse and this is why we keep having security challenges here and there.

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