Prof. Christiana Adeyeye, Director-General of the The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has disclosed that operatives of the agency have intercepted and seized 33 containers of Tramadol which were being conveyed to a yet-to-be-ascertained location in the country.
She made the disclosure in Abuja while speaking at the National Chemical Security Training Conference jointly organised by the Office of the National Security Adviser and the Chemical Security Programme, Naija News learnt.
The NAFDAC boss lamented the rising cases of drug abuse by youths and even children in the country.
Adeyeye said, “We have to declare an emergency because of our youths and children who are abusing hard drugs. As I speak, we have about 33 containers of Tramadol that we intercepted. Those are the ones we could see. Some have exited the ports.”
“We have a big problem in the country and we have to declare an emergency because of our youths and children who are abusing drugs and families being disintegrated.
“About five weeks ago, NAFDAC intercepted a 40-feet container of Tramadol and two trucks exiting the Apapa ports. We were told that these vehicles were heading for Yola and the eventual destination may be the Sambisa Forest.”
“How can a young girl agree to have bombs tie around her, if not that her mind has been stolen through drugs? So, we have a problem to tackle. With the 33 containers, it means that some other containers are yet to be identified. We also have a problem with our porous borders.”
In his remarks during the event, The National Security Adviser, Maj-Gen Babagana Monguno (Rtd), represented by the Coordinator of the Counter Terrorism Centre, Rear Admiral Yem Musa, said those used by the Boko Haram terrorists for suicide bombing operations are under the under the influence of drugs.
He further disclosed the government is constantly putting measures in place to keep sensitive substances and controlled drugs out of the reach of criminal minds.