The Senate yesterday rejected a proposal to put the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) under the control of the Executive.
Besides, it urged the anti-drug trafficking agency to adopt strict measures in dealing with illicit drug traffickers and users in the country.
Senators reject Presidency’s control
The Motion as adopted with additional prayers, was sponsored by Sen. Gbenga Ashafa(Lagos East-APC) and 21 others.
While presenting the motion titled: “Nigerians’ involvement in Illicit global drugs trade and Increase in Domestic drug abuse by Nigerian Youth”, the sponsor noted with “serious concern the engagement of some Nigerians in the usage and smuggling of Hard Drugs into Southeast Asian countries and other parts of the world”.
He regretted that “Malaysian authorities have again issued a strong statement that 40 percent of the foreigners being arrested for drug offences are from Nigeria”.
He disclosed that “So far, 30 out of 80 foreign dtudents arrested in 2015 were Nigerians, in a country where drug trafficking attracts supreme retribution”.