Kidnappers, Other Criminals Now Demand Drugs As Ransom — Marwa
The Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Mohammed Buba Marwa, has said kidnappers and other criminals now demand drugs as ransom from their victims.
In a statement released through Femi Babafemi, the NDLEA's director of media and publicity, Marwa disclosed this during the inauguration of a “Special Purpose Committee” of the agency to mobilise against drug abuse, peddling and trafficking.
He also called on Nigerians to take ownership of the renewed fight against the menace of drug abuse in the country.
Babafemi quoted Marwa as saying that the involvement of all Nigerians in the fight has become imperative because of the great danger the problem of drug abuse poses to the society and the country at large.
He said, “Use of drugs in Nigeria today is at an epidemic proportion of approximately 15 million, nearly three times global prevalence. No wonder, so much criminality everywhere in our land and it is increasing instead of abating with such symptoms as kidnapping, insurgency, banditry, rape, and assassinations.