Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has stated that it is raiding Indian hemp smoking joints which are located in Anambra State.
The Commander of NDLEA in the state, Sule Momodu, revealed this during a press conference in Awka, on Tuesday.
He believes that there is a correlation between the supply of the substance and the level of violence in elections.
Momodu revealed that the raid was the pre-emptive measure to take away the substance out of the reach of the youths during the general elections.
He stated that 20 suspects were apprehended during the raiding, and claimed that NDLEA would ensure that any person arrested in respect to Indian hemp would be made to face the law.
“since there is no crime without the drug, we have started raiding smoking joints in the state ahead of the elections.
“It has been a common practice for politicians to procure drugs for their thugs during elections, so we have commenced this exercise to ensure that there will be no place to obtain or smoke such drugs during the elections.
“Sometimes they don’t come back after our raid; sometimes they do. We want to tell them that drug is not the way of life.
“We intend to work in conjunction with the Operation Python dance III to discourage this cankerworm.”
Momodu while warning politicians against misleading the youths by purchasing drugs for them during elections, said any politician caught in such activities would be punished accordingly.
“We can raid private houses of politicians if it is established that crime is committed there. We intend to work in conjunction with the Operation Python Dance III for this purpose. Politicians don’t have immunity. Anybody arrested will face the full force of the law; we will ensure the sledgehammer falls on such culprit.
“We will increase operations to ‘starve’ this youth of this drug by ensuring that they won’t have a place to smoke it and a place to obtain it.
“What we are telling our politicians is to leave our young men alone. A drug is not a way of life”, Momodu stated.