The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) yesterday in Abuja confirmed the increasing use and importation of harsh substances in Nigeria.
Speaking at the inaugural Auto CEO Forum, sponsored by GSCL Transport Media Group, NDLEA Chairman Buba Marwa said about one tonne of Colorado had been discovered in the past three years.
He said the auto sector remains key in the war on drug addiction, adding that collaboration was needed to clean up the sector.
Represented by a controller, Samuel Bashir Gadzama, the president observed that most imported drugs come from Canada via vehicles.
Noting that the trend, discovered in 2020 during the lockdown, is worrying, Marwa said some auto industry players are using the company as a cover to achieve their nefarious goals.
His words: “We focus on them. We have had cases where we have closed auto shops. There are cases where we have to investigate certain people.
“We are not after duty. We have two concerns. We’re either looking for the drug or the product.
Marwa said the agency has no direct business with the automotive industry outside of dealing with drug-related issues, adding that “it is necessary for players to support the campaign against drugs and understand related laws likely to affect their operations”.
Speaking at the event, organizers’ representative Frank Kintum admitted that Nigeria is going through a difficult phase economically, saying the automotive industry is one of the hardest hit.
“In recent years, many auto assembly plants registered by the federal government to rejuvenate the national economy a few years ago have closed, while the few still struggling have been forced to reduce their workforce,” he said.