NDLEA Raises Alarm Over Online Sales Of Illicit Drugs, As FIDA Expresses Worries Over Increase In Parental Negligence

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National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has raised the alarm over online drug sales, describing it as a new dimension in the drug abuse problem in the country.

Delivering a keynote address, titled, Uprise in Drug Abuse, Role of Parents, at the weeklong FIDA Week 2023 celebrations, organized by the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Kwara state chapter in Ilorin on Tuesday, the state commander of the NDLEA, Ibrahim Mohammed, said that the menace is a global phenomenon, common among the youth.

“We call it darknet where drugs are being sold online without the seller and the buyer knowing each other. All they need is contact and they make the call and the substance is delivered. It’s very common here now. What we’ve been doing is to see how to intercept them. Especially, the waybill coming from neighbouring states through some commercial vehicles. We’ve intensified our patrol system around the state. We’re gathering intelligence and we’re making very good use of it. We’ve intercepted quite a number of them through control delivery.

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“We know as the Yuletide period is approaching, a lot of such would be happening. Thank God, the state governor, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, is being proactive as he has actually supported us with the provision of infrastructure to tackle the menace”.

The NDLEA boss, who said that the prevalence of drug use, drug abuse, and drug addiction had led to an increasing crime rate in society, added that there is no crime without a drug undertone.

He, thus, suggested some protective factors against the menace such as family harmony and bonding, affection and love for family members, and proactive and positive parenting, while he advised that parents should not be judgemental but ensure effective monitoring of their children, among others.

Also speaking, the state chairperson of FIDA, Gloria Okoduwa, said that phones have taken children away from many parents, adding that family discussion had now been neglected.

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She announced plans by the FIDA to take a campaign against drug abuse and its effects to major markets and other public places in the state in order to drive down the message, saying that many parents have failed the generation with their poor parenting attitude.

“I think this generation is wiser than us. They go all out to explore and parents are rather too busy with careers and businesses. We need to come together and fight the monster that wants to take our children away from us. There are so many youths languishing in rehabilitation centres because of this monster called drugs”.

She encouraged close monitoring of parents on their children, saying that present socioeconomic situations had made parents not to have time for their children any longer.

Chairperson of the FIDA Week 2023 committee, Hajia Muinat Adeleye, who is also the zonal legal officer of the NDLEA, Zone I, Oyo state,  lamented that drug abuse is rampant in the country.

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“Almost every home is affected. Right from primary, and secondary schools and university, drug abuse is the trend. So, as mothers and as lawyers, we have to lend our voices. There’s campaign against drug abuse all around, but it’s like the society is yet to come to terms with how grievous the problem is to the society. You hear of alarming rate of kidnapping, armed robbery, rape, terrorism, disrespecting parents, truancy. All are because of influence of drug.

“Parents should pay more attention to their children rather than putting all their concentration on their careers and businesses. All parents should come back home because if our future is gone, we may no longer have future to hold on to”, she said.

She advised parents not to buy phones for under-age children.

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