A boy whose name was withheld has reportedly sold his father’s two cars, a Lexus and a 4Runner worth N7.5 million for N350,000 in Umuahia, Abia State, due to his involvement in illicit drugs.
The Commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Abia State, Mr. Akingbade Bamidele, stated this when he spoke at the inaugural lecture of the symposium on ‘Substance Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking for Senior Secondary School Students’, organised by the National Committee on Narcotics and Substance Abuse under the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in commemoration of the International Day Against Illicit Drug Trafficking. Bamidele, who spoke on the topic: ‘Illicit Drug and the Law’, explained to the students how drug abuse impacts negatively on users. He said: “There is a boy at Umuahia, that his father brought to us for counselling.
He sold two Vehicles: a Lexus and a Forerunner worth N7.5 million for N350,000. “Do you know why? The reason is because he was involved in drug abuse and has got to dependent stage where there’s absolutely nothing he cannot sell, just to buy drugs. It was a situation of keep these vehicles for me and just be giving me drugs. You notice when things begin to miss at home, that something is wrong.”
He went further to tell the students that violent crime and drug abuse are very much inseparable and warned them that ignorance of the law is not an excuse. “The cult boys that cut the heads of other students at Abia State University, Uturu and use them for goal post some time ago, were arrested. And when we went and tested them it was clear that they were high on drugs and that gave them the mind to severe another’s head for goals post.
“You have to be very careful. The young man you saw on the screen holding a parcel, was sent to deliver a parcel which he didn’t know much about and today, he’s in trouble. Ignorance is not an excuse in law. The rich will use the children of the poor to do their illicit drug trafficking,” he said.
He further said the NDLEA would follow up the schools that participated in the programme using their special department in charge of such called Drug Demand Reduction Unit to make sure that the drug free clubs are established and also help in its sustainance.