90% Nigerian lunatics, victims of illicit drugs – NDLEA

National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has declared that over 80 per cent of lunatics receiving treatment in psychiatric hospitals in the country were the victims of illicit drugs.

According to the agency, young ones are involved directly in taking and consumption of dangerous drugs indiscriminately.

Deputy Commandant of the NDLEA, Jigawa state Command, Malam Abubakar Dauda, disclosed this yesterday in his lecture on sale and consumption of hard drugs organised by Sankara district of Ringim Emirate, Jigawa state.

He lamented that youth had made it a duty to taking tramol, roche, codeine, Indian hemp, and alcohol, among other hard drugs “which change their lives completely and push them to criminal activities such armed robbery, terrorism, thuggery, sexual intercourse, and homosexuality.”

‘’We have three types of drugs; the one which they intake isillegal and attracts punishment by law. The one which is not illegal but has to be prescribed by doctor before being taken, and the other which if we arrest, we have no power to take the offender to court but only to counsel him or her. The illicit one, if anyone is caught, and when charged to court, it can attract between 15 and 25 years jail terms,” he said.

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