By Matthew Denis
97 percent of criminal activities in the world are related to drugs abuse, according to the Commander Kwara State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Barr. Onah Ogilegwu.
Also attached to drug abuse are the activities of insurgency, kidnaping, armed robbery, cultism, rape, assassination, among others.
Ogilegwu stated this on Tuesday during the Annual Luncheon and induction of eight students of the University of Ilorin, into the Drug Free Club.
Speaking at the event, Ogilegwu said, “The students NDLEA club is a good development as they render assistance to the state command through sensitisation.
“Education of the public most especially the youth is our priority. If our people are well informed on the negative effect of drugs it will reduce criminal activities in the society.
“97 per cent of criminal activities worldwide are related to drugs abuse. The activities of insurgency, kidnapers, armed robbery, cultism, rape, assassination among others are caused by drugs abuse in Nigeria.
“We have mapped out strategies to commence sensitisation of people at their communities both urban and rural areas to eliminate drug abuse completely.
The Commander stressed that the partnership with the students of the University of Ilorin will go a long way in reducing the intake of drugs among tertiary institution students.
According to him, parents of these students are not also left out as they will be informed on the danger posed by the vices.
In his remarks, the Patron of the club, Dr. Olaitan Lekan called on NDLEA in collaboration with other agencies in the state to ensure that drugs related information doesn’t stop at urban settlement but should be extended to the grassroots.
He advised the students to admonish their colleagues who are drugs addict to desist as it can lead to mental disorder and eventual death.
The new executives of the club for the 2017/2018 academic session was inaugurated by Ogilegwu and membership certificates awarded to the graduands.
When online medium, TheCable called one of the telephone lines of the hotel, a male voice from the other end said normal activities were ongoing.
“We are still in business, normal activities are ongoing,” he said.