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Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency,General Buba Marwa has raised the alarm that Nigeria has 10.6million cannabis users.
Marwa lamented that the figure shows that Nigeria is leading the table being the highest in the world .
The Chairman NDLEA also revealed that
since January 2021, drugs worth over ₦100billion have been seized and about 1,630 criminals arrested by
Addressing journalists on Friday after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Gen Marwa who gave a brief of milestones attained since he became head of the NDLEA, said it is sad how low the nation had coped as regards the illegal use of drug.
“Nigeria has 10.6million cannabis users, this is the highest in the world, isn’t it sad?”
While noting that the cash accruing from the seizures has been sent to the Central Bank, the former military administrator believed a nation with such a high record of drug use should not be contemplating the legalisation of marijuana.
The NDLEA boss explained that scientists are yet to develop a way to make the Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) level in cannabis, drop to zero, and as such the recreational drug is still very harmful to health.
“It’s a danger to society and we must never allow its legalization,” Mr Marwa argued, adding that “this is something we need to kill.”
on Cannabis legalisation, the NDLEA Chairman,l said legalization of cannabis is something that the legislature will never agree to because the lawmakers know the implications of such an action.
“We can never support legalisation and I don’t see how the National Assembly will pass the act because I know 90 percent or more of the honourables and distinguished members in the National Assembly know the implications of their legislation.
“They dare not go back to their constituencies if anyone signs the legislation because we are seeing the implications on the ground, the youths, the families all being destroyed because of cannabis and drugs,” Mr Marwa emphasised.