Nigerian government has since banned the sale and indiscriminate use of codeine, but most youths addicted to the drug, still find a way of getting supply.

It was apparently one of those usual days for one of the son of Sultan of Sokoto, Amir Sa’ad Abubakar, but one thing that is different is that he lost control and crashed the car he was driving.

According to report, the cause of the accident could be traced to an overdose of codeine.

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The incident that happened on Sunday afternoon, saw the boy, who appear to be in his early twenties, exceeding speed limits within Sokoto Airport Road, in an area called Bado.

With him in the car were Khalifa Maccido, son of Aliyu Macciddo, and a girl he allegedly imported from Kaduna to have fun with, according to Sahara Reporters.

Amir, believed to have been dismissed from a UK school due to his drunkenness, was seen earlier on Sunday leaving a guesthouse with the girl and his friend Khalifa.

He was taken to the Usman Danfodio Teaching Hospital, where he has been unconscious, the report added.

Witnesses at the scene of the crash said Amir had been drunk while driving, and that a bottle of Benelyn Codeine syrup was found in the car.

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