Lawan reveals source of funding for terrorists, bandits

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The President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, says drug barons are fuelling insecurity in Nigeria by supplying arms and ammunition to terror groups like Boko Haram as well as kidnappers and bandits.

He spoke Thursday in Abuja while playing host to Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd).

According to him, the drug barons have also turned Nigeria into a major transit route for illicit drugs, noting that their activities were heightening insecurity in the country.

He bemoaned the rising cases of drug abuse, especially among the younger population, calling for greater governmental support for NDLEA so that the agency can tackle the problem headlong.

Lawan assured Marwa of the support of the National Assembly to achieve the agency’s mandate.

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“The National Assembly members are almost on a 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.

“I believe that this agency needs restructuring. Now that you have taken over, we should go the whole haul to restructure the agency, not piece meal touches, because we need to get it right.

“My personal opinion is that NDLEA should be in the league of EFCC, ICPC, and therefore, the kind of support that those two agencies I mentioned receive, you should receive something like that, in addition to many other things that you should be supported with.

“So, the National Assembly will definitely work with you, we will partner with you, and will ensure that we do our best to give you the kind of support that will enable you properly to discharge your mandate.

“Having said this, let me say that Nigeria as a country is in one way or the other a transit route for drugs.

“Drug peddlers pass their drugs through Nigeria – cannabis, heroin and possibly even cocaine.

“We believe that this has to stop, because the proceeds of such activities fund terrorism, they fund banditry, you wonder how the bandits have RPGs and these massive arms that they have.

“Definitely, these are some acquisition provided by some barons, not the bandits themselves.

“So, we need to ensure that this transit role that Nigerians plays is addressed properly. And here we have to approach this through multi-sectoral efforts – the Customs, Immigration Service, our Security Agencies, and in fact, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, and our seaports.

“Of course, this is not going to be easy, but we have to be steadfast and we should do whatever is possible without the limited resources we have to make you better,” Lawan stated.

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