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    Thursday, 4 August 2016

    ‘Bad governance, usage of illicit drugs breed criminality’- Security experts warn

    Emmanuel Udom
    Security experts on Monday in Lagos called on President Muhammed Buhari-led regime to put structures for good governance in place in order to tackle the embarrassing issues of illicit drug usage, which is linked to increase in crime waves across various states in Nigeria and Abuja, the federal capital territory.

     The expert, Dr Bon Ebosiem, while speaking during the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Human Trafficking 2016, said that 99 percent of crimes committed in Nigeria are linked to the insensitivity of government to the social demands of the citizens.

    Ebosiem mentioned some of these social demands as the provision of jobs to jobless Nigerians, empowerment of security and anti-narcotic agencies to flush out the usage of illicit drugs by the youths and elderly alike and the urgent need by faith-based organizations to enlighten the youths and the elderly on the negative consequences of using illicit drugs.

    According to him, records available to the public shows that people who indulge in crimes like sex hawking, robbery, terrorism, militancy, murder, kidnapping and raping have been discovered to be addicted to illicit drugs like cannabis, cocaine and cocaine.

    Ebosiem, who is also the managing director of Street Guard Security Limited, Lagos, further disclosed that there is a direct link between the illicit drug deals and inflation.

    According to him, illicit drug business is booming and lucrative across the globe, but the inflation caused by this criminal business is capable of affecting the economy of Nigeria since by the laws of demand and supply, stakeholders on the illicit drug business could pump more money made from their business into the economy.

    In his submission, King Ebong Akpan, President, American Society of  Industrial Security, Chapter 206, Lagos, Nigeria said that since about 60milion of the estimated 150million Nigerians do not know what  they want, it is important for government ensure that enough borders are created  the checkmate the distribution and sale of illicit drugs.

    Ebong wondered why terrorism, militancy, robbery, kidnapping and other forms of criminalities will not increase when some youths and the elderly use water mixed with Indian hemp to cook beans  and rice for people to eat in order to be high.

    On her part, Mrs Tanwa Thomas, managing director, Bulwark Intelligence Limited, Lagos called on women, who are mothers to talk to their children and ward, who are involved in kidnapping, militancy, terrorism, robbery and other forms of criminality to desist from these unpatriotic acts, or be prepared to face the consequences f their actions and inactions.

    She wondered where the women from the Niger Delta are when militants are making threatening fire and brimstone, while Boko Haram terrorists are also making life hellish for people around the North-eastern parts of the country.

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