The Nigerian Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan, has said that drug barons in the country provide terrorist groups like Boko Haram as well as bandits and kidnappers with arms and ammunitions to undertake criminal activities in the country.
The Senate President Lawan made this known on Thursday, March 4, when the chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brigadier-General Buba Marwa (rtd), paid a visit to his office in Abuja.
In a statement signed by Ezrel Tabiowo, the special assistant (press) to the Senate president, and seen by Legit.ng, he said drug traffickers have made Nigeria a major transit route for plying the illicit trade, which he said was responsible for the rise in criminality in the country.
Senate president Ahmad Lawan says terrorists and bandits are being sponsored by drug barons.
Below is a report credited to the of official Twitter handle of the Nigerian Senate @SPNigeria.
The statement read: “The National Assembly members are almost on daily interaction with our constituents and we know the very debilitating impact of drug abuse in our various communities. You have rightly said almost every community in this country suffers from drug addiction. So, we are very mindful of what is happening.”
Recall Lawan cried out over the increased activities of bandits in the nation. It was reported that he said banditry was fast becoming an industry, adding quite a number of people are benefitting from kidnapping.
Lawan made the disclosure on Tuesday, March 2, after the confirmation of the new service chiefs.