The authorities at the Apapa Special Area Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), have commenced talks with terminal operators and freight forwarding association following recent discovery of over N200 million worth of Tramadol at Apapa Port Complex.
The talk is one of the program outlined by the Agency to mark 2022 World Drug Day celebration.
Recalled that the Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs, on Friday intercepted a container load of tramadol at one of the terminals inside Apapa Port Complex.
The Commander of the Unit, Mr. Inalegwu Ameh in a press briefing, decried the use of the nation’s seaport by drug traffickers to smuggle illicit drugs into the country.
“This is to commemorate the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. June 26 of every year has been designated by the United Nations to commemorate the drug day and all segments of society are urged to adopt actions that sensitize their immediate communities aimed at achieving a World free of Drug use and trafficking”.
He noted that the theme for this year’s commemoration “Addressing Drug Challenges in Health and Humanitarian Crises” is not only as topical as it is thought provoking but consistent with the spirit and letter of the War against Drug Abuse (WADA).
Ameh noted that the theme urges all to critically interrogate the mechanisms for mitigating the availability, accessibility and affordability of drugs as a way to guaranty sound health and favourable human conditions in communities”.
He said available records show that drug use account for most of the health problems while it aggravates conflicts, crime and criminalities and problems of insecurity, generally.