Umaru Shehu, an alleged dealer of cannabis has said it is difficult for him to stop the business.
Men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arrested Shehu for allegedly traveling with a large consignment of prohibited Indian hemp.
Speaking with reporters, he said it’s difficult for him to quit the illicit trade, as it is in his blood.
A court sentenced had Shehu to a year imprisonment for carrying 64kg of dried Indian hemp some years ago.
The NDLEA arrested the 55-year-old suspect with 106 sacks of dried substances suspected to be Indian hemp weighing 1,072kg. He was apprehended along Mokwa Road in Mokwa Local Government Area of Niger State. The suspect is from Mariga Local Government Area of the state.
“Cannabis business is my blood, it is extremely difficult for me to stop it. When I was embarking on this trip from Lagos to Sokoto, I never knew that the operatives would arrest me in Mokwa, it is my luck,” he said.
Speaking to journalists later, the Niger State Commander, of the NDLEA, Sylvia Egwunwoke called on members of the public to partner with the body by helping to stop the distribution and sale of illicit drugs in the state.
She, therefore, urged those with credible and verifiable information about the illicit traders to come forward.
According to her, investigations will be carried out on the suspect. NDLEA would later charge him to court.
Cannabis is one of the most widely used drugs in Nigeria. It is an illegal drug according to Nigeria’ s laws.
According to an available statistic, abuse of the substance in secondary schools in Northern Nigeria ranges between 1.1 ‑ 3.5%. The male to female ratio of substance abuse of 3:1. 3% smoked cigarettes, benzodiazepines abused by 3.5% and solvents by 1.5%.
Abuse of cocaine and heroin was 1.1% and 1.3% respectively.