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Marwa cautions Nigerian youths against desperate politicians

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*Says, they’re capable of luring them with drugs

By Francesca Iwambe

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Retired Brig-Gen Buba Marwa, Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has said that drugs would be purchased by desperate politicians and be shared to youths.

Marwa also condemned the use of illicit drugs, especially Canabis Sativa, to cook food.
He spoke on Thursday in Lagos at the 10th Anniversary Lecture and Investiture into the Hall of Fame.

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“People use drugs to prepare cookies, pepper soup, among others. This is dangerous and condemnable,” he declared.

The theme of the programme was “Drug Abuse Among Youths in Africa: Implications for Nigeria Economy and 2023 elections”.

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He regretted that traffickers had continued to manufacture and share illicit drugs in spite of NDLEA’s efforts to tackle the menace.
Marwa said that the agency would not relent in its war on the drug barons, declaring that NDLEA would “fight them to the end”.

He also vowed that the agency would prosecute drug peddlers and users so as to rid the country of drugs.

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He regretted that more than 10.6 million youths were illicit drugs consumers.

Marwa also announced that 19,000 illicit drug offenders had been arrested in the last 22 months, with 3,011 offenders prosecuted.
On the implications of illicit drug consumption by youths on the 2023 elections, he said that drugs would be purchased by desperate politicians and be shared to youths they want to use.

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He regretted that some Nigerians were pushing for the legalisation of Cannabis.

“Some top Nigerians are canvassing for liberalisation of Marijuana. They want to be allowed to plant it.

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“This sends wrong signals to Nigerian youths; they are being encouraged to keep doing something wrong.

“Instead of seeking to legalise it, people should support us to battle this ugly monster,” he said.
Marwa warned of heinous consequences by 2030, if stakeholders refused to rise up to fight illicit drug consumption by year 2030.

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“If we don’t fight hard, the situation in the country may be pathetic in 2030.

“By 2030, the consumption of illicit drugs, if not checked, will rise by 40 per cent in Africa and Nigeria may be the worst hit,” he said.

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Photos/Video: LASU class of 2004, Anthony Campus re-union anniversary

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The class of 2004, Public Administration of the Lagos State University (LASU) Anthony Campus re-union second anniversary get together on Saturday.

Old classmates had a lot share and had time to dance and celebrate old times.

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Finally, after terrorists attack, NRC to resume Abuja-Kaduna rail operations on Monday

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Finally, the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) will resume the Abuja-Kaduna passenger train service on Monday, with only two return services after the terrorists attack.

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Naijablitznews.com reports this was contained in a statement issued and signed by the Managing Director of the NRC, Fidet Okhiria.

The statement shows the first train will depart Rigasa train station in Kaduna state to Abuja by 8:00 in the morning while from Abuja, the first train will depart Idu train station to Kaduna state by 9:45 in the morning.

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The NRC management also revealed that as part of the new security measures, it is now mandatory for passengers to present their National Identity Number and valid Boarding Ticket before they will be allowed to board.

It also says the purchase of tickets by proxy is only limited to minors and a specified number of adult passengers.

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Online and mobile app ticketing will be available from 8:00 in the morning on Sunday, December the 4th, 2022 while the ticket offices at the train stations will open from 6:30 in the morning on Monday, December the 5th.

Recall that the NRC suspended train service along the route after Boko Haram terrorists attacked a moving passenger train in Kaduna on March 28, 2022.

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The insurgents had blown up the rail track and bombed the moving train, killing some and abducting more than 60 passengers. The unprecedented attack attracted international and national outrage.

The terrorists, who attacked the Kaduna-bound train released hostages in tranches with the last release coming on October 5, 2022.

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Before the hostages were completely released, distraught family members had protested several times to demand the release of their loved ones.

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Peter Obi Attends Gospel Musical Concert ‘The Experience’ In Lagos+Photo

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The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, on Friday, attended the annual gospel musical concert organised by House On The Rock church in Lagos.

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Upon his introduction, Obi was welcomed with cheers from the crowd.

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