By; BUHARI B. BELLO, Jos
The Commander, National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Plateau State Command, Mustapha Umar has said that there will be no hiding place for drugs dealers as well as does who abuse it in the area
This NDLEA boss further stated that any person or accomplice of drugs dealers or drug barons will be apprehended and face the full wrath of the law
Umar stated this during an enlarged stakeholders engagement meeting organized by Jos North Local Government Council in collaboration with the NDLEA to mitigate crime and provide a better future for Nigerians held at the Council Hall in Jos.
The state Commander said the issue of drug abuse amongst young Nigerians is a source of serious concern to government at all levels due to the grave implications it poses on the future of Nigeria as a country.
According to the state Commander, drug abuse ” is the enemy and it pushes people into crime such as banditry, kidnapping, rape, gender-based violence, wanton killings and destruction of public assets.
He lamented the growing rate of drug abuse in the country despite concerted efforts by government to end the ugly trend.
Umar used the opportunity to solicit support of traditional, community and religious leaders, youth organizations, pressure groups as well as individuals to make Jos a drug-free society.
He warned that any house owners as well as house agent who gives out his or her house for rent without invesrigating the client thoroughly to ascertain his or her nature of work, will not be spared by the NDLEA.
The Plateau State NDLEA commander noted that if in an event the person or persons staying in that accommodation is a drug dealer as well as the intake, such house would be confiscated, seized and handed over to the Federal Government according to the established Drugs Law Enforcement act.
The Executive Chairman of Jos North Local Government Council, Shehu Bala Usman acknowledged the role of National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency in minimizing the intake of drugs and other substance.
He assured of his administration’s desire to partner with the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency to ensure Jos North becomes a drugs free Local Government Area and to as well engage the youth and make them better Nigerians.
Stakeholders who spoke at the meeting commended the government at all levels for the steps taken so far and assured them of their unflinching cooperation to enable the council as well as the agency succeed in their quest of making Jos North, Plateau and Nigeria a better place for all.
The stakeholders pleaded for anonymity of the people who are willing to dish out information on drugs dealers and consumers.
Highpoint of the occasion, was the decoration of Hon. Shehu Bala Usman with an emblem as an Ambassador of National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency