Declare Emergency on Drug Abuse, says NAFDAC DG

...as operatives seizes 33 containers of Tramadol

The National Agency for Food , Drug Administration and Control has said that its operatives intercepted and seized 33 containers of Tramadol which were being conveyed to a yet -to -be- ascertained location in the country .

The NAFDAC Director- General, Prof Christiana Adeyeye , disclosed this in Abuja while speaking at the National Chemical Security Training Conference .

She also noted that operatives also seized three trucks filled with Tramadol at the Apapa Ports in Lagos State .

The chemical conference was jointly organised by the Office of the National Security Adviser and the Chemical Security Programme .

The NAFDAC DG said that an emergency should be declared over the abuse of drugs by youths and children in the country .

Adeyeye said , “ We have to declare an emergency because of our youths and children who are abusing hard drugs . As I speak , we have about 33 containers of Tramadol that we intercepted . Those are the ones we could see. Some have exited the ports .

“We have a big problem in the country and we have to declare an emergency because of our youths and children who are abusing drugs and families being disintegrated .

“About five weeks ago , NAFDAC intercepted a 40 – feet container of Tramadol and two trucks exiting the Apapa ports . We were told that these vehicles were heading for Yola and the eventual destination may be the Sambisa Forest .

“How can a young girl agree to have bombs tie around her , if not that her mind has been stolen through drugs ? So , we have a problem to tackle . With the 33 containers , it means that some other containers are yet to be identified . We also have a problem with our porous borders .”

The National Security Adviser , Maj -Gen Babagana Monguno ( Rtd ) , said children used by the Boko Haram terrorists for suicide bombings in the North- East acted under the influence of drugs .

The NSA said this was the reason for the government ’s “strict control measures for importation, manufacture, distribution , storage and usage of drugs in the country .”

Monguno , who was represented by the Coordinator of the Counter Terrorism Centre , Rear Admiral Yem Musa , said that relevant government agencies would work together to control “the importation, transportation and use of these sensitive substances ” to make them out of the reach of criminal elements.

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