Shut down drug bunks, Reps tell NDLEA

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The House of Representatives, on Wednesday, mandated the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency to do away with drug bunks nationwide owing to a recent report alerting Nigeria to the youth involvement in drug abuse.

The House cited a report credited to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, which put over 14.3 million Nigerians aged 15 – 64, to be involved in the same.

The resolution of the lawmakers followed the adoption of a motion, ‘Call on the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency to Eradicate Drug Bunks in the Country’, sponsored by Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo, representing Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency, Akwa Ibom State.

Leading the debate, Ukpong-Udo noted that drug bunks are being opened in strategic locations across major cities in Nigeria, a development, he said, portended danger for the society.

The House, he said, was “worried that drug abuse in Nigeria is a growing concern, affecting personal growth, societal values, and health and security risks, with hotels and transport companies allegedly aiding illegal activities;

The House subsequently referred the motion to the Committee on Drugs and Narcotics to ensure compliance.