Drug Abuse Alert! Over 8,000 Suspects Arrested In 2016
The increasing reports of drug abuse in the northern part of Nigeria has become a source of worry for the National Assembly.
A report published in September by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on drug abuse and enforcement shows the South-West, North-East and South-East regions recorded 1,288, 1,017 and 802 drug cases, respectively, in 2016.
The report also showed that 262,934kgs of narcotics were seized in 2016, as against 834,709kgs seized in 2015.
In addition, over 8,000 suspects were arrested in 2016 as against 8,778 in 2015.
This trend has left the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, worried and he says the National Assembly will take action.
"I am particularly worried about the drug menace in the Northern part of the country. It is time that we recognize this problem and address it in a sensible manner.
"I will be pushing for the National Assembly to review all relevant laws on abuse. This will help to curb the widespread misuse of illegal and unsanitary substances.
"The Senate will engage with all relevant stakeholders as we initiate this process," he said in a post on his Facebook page.