NDLEA to Crackdown on Drug Peddlers in Niger Before Election — Official
By Alabidun Shuaib AbdulRahman
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, in Niger state has announced plans to crack down on illicit drug dealers and users before the upcoming general elections.
According to the NDLEA Commander in the state, the goal is to ensure that drugs do not influence the political process and that the elections are conducted peacefully.
The NDLEA boss also warned drug dealers and users to stay clear of the state, as the agency plans to take strong action against them in the coming months.
The commander noted that in 2022, the Niger command of NDLEA received two awards from the national headquarters for their efforts in reducing drug demand.
“Since the general elections is around the corner, we will go after suspected illicit drug abusers, peddlers and barons in Niger.
“This is to ensure that the elections are conducted peacefully which will result in free, fair credible and transparent elections in the state.
“Political thugs use hard drugs to enable them commit electoral violence, therefore, we will not allow drugs to determine the actions and activities during the general elections in the state,” he said.
He therefore warned illicit drug abusers, peddlers and barons to stay clear of the state as the agency would go tough on them.
“We want to sound a note of warning to all illicit drug users, peddlers and barons in Niger state to desist from the unwholesome practices.
“We want to tell them that we will go after them until we arrest and prosecute them,” the NDLEA commander added.