By John Imade (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has blamed drug barons for the state of insecurity in Nigeria.
Lawan made this known when Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Brigadier-General Buba Marwa, called on him at his office on Thursday at the National Assembly in Abuja.
According to Senator Lawan, the proceeds of the illegal drug trade are used to purchase arms and ammunitions for terror groups like Boko Haram as well as bandits and kidnappers, stressing that Nigeria was a major transit route for drug peddling, a development that had contributed to the escalation in the violent activities of terrorists and other criminal groups.
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Lawan called for a multi-sectoral approach involving the Customs, NDLEA, Immigration Service, EFCC, Security Agencies, paramilitary groups, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, the seaports et.al, to help check the illegal trade in drugs, the proceeds which are being used in sponsoring acts of violence and criminality across the country.