Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno State on Thursday ordered the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA in the State to arrest anyone dealing with illicit drugs.
Zulum who gave the order during a visit to the State Command of the Agency, warned that his administration will not condone the use of illicit drugs, noting that indulging in the use of such drugs, is responsible to most of the crimes being committed.
He added that, the use of illicit drugs pose great danger to the public health, particularly to the teeming youth.
“My administration in an effort to combat the use of illicit drugs introduced social intervention programs that engaged alot of youth, which made them meaningful members of the society.
“Illicit drugs are anything but harmless, and it contributes to the high rate of crime in communities. We have implored deliberate efforts by engaging our youth to be meaningful members of the community. Over 3,000 youth benefited from our social intervention package, I want to assure you of our support in eradicating this menace in our communities.” Zulum said.
Governor Zulum also inspected over 10.5 tonnes of Indian hem (Canabis Sativa), which was seized by Borno Command of NDLEA in Maiduguri.
Borno Commandant of NDLEA, Mr Joseph Icha who took the Governor round to inspect the items seized, informed the Governor that the discovery was the single largest seizure within the northeast region.
Mr Icha revealed that the items seized may likely have links to the transitional syndicate cartels and the Boko Haram insurgents.