By: Yusuf Umar
Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has warned that Government under his watch has zero tolerance to Illiciticit drug trafficking, usage and abuse in the State.
The Governor disclosed this at a press briefing organized by Adamawa State Drug Control Committee as part of the long-week activities, marking the 2023 United Nations International day against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking and operational efforts of the command in the state.
Represented by his deputy, Professor Kaletapwa Farauta who doubles as the Chairperson Adamawa State Drug Control Committee, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri acknowledged that Youths constitutes more than half of Nigeria's population, hence the need for leaders of good will to join hands with government in ensuring that the future leaders are secured from drug abuse
He challenged Religious and traditional leaders, parents as well as political leaders among other stakeholders to play their part in the fight against illicit drug circulation and intake, for a saner and safer society.
While stating that the war against drug abuse should not be left to the National drug law enforcement agency NDLEA alone, the Governor cited Ngurore market as one of the black spot where drug activities persists, hence the call on the agency to beam their search and operational lights in the area to cleanse it off illicit drug activities, reiterating that the fresh air government is always ready to give them the needed support where necessary.
Earlier in his address, the the Commander National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA Adamawa State Command Agboalu Femi Samson gave an overview of the successes recorded by the command between June 2022-May 2023, revealing that arrest of five hundred and one offenders was made with a total seizure of one thousand, one hundred and sixty four point seven hundred Kilogram, consisting of Cannabis Sativa, Cocaine, Tramadol Capsules/Tablets among others.
Others include; conviction of 117 drug offenders who were sentenced to various terms of imprisonment, forfiture of 781, 000 naira being proceeds of drug business to government which was paid into the treasury single account among others.
The commander explained that the briefing is one of the activities lined up ahead of the UN's international day against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking set for June 26th each year, with this year's theme as "People First: Stop stigma and discrimination; Strengthen prevention".
Samson thereafter, commended governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for his generosity and support at all times, a clear demonstration of his determination and commitment towards having a drug free Adamawa State.
As part of its terms of reference, the state drug control committee was established by governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri to collaborate with NDLEA and other relevant agencies to ensure the control of drug control components as it affects the state among others.