The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Niger Command has said it would go after politicians that encourage the consumption of illicit drugs by youths during political campaigns.
The state NLDEA commander Haruna Kwetishe told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Tuesday that such politicians would be arrested and prosecuted.
“We will monitor all campaign gatherings and go after any leader found distributing hard drugs to the youth during political rallies.
“We will not tolerate political violence and thuggery during and after campaigns.
“We will ensure the arrest and prosecution of any person or group of people found distributing hard drugs to youths at any political gatherings in the state,” the commander added.
He noted that to monitor the campaign grounds and take required action when necessary, the command will send troops in ordinary clothes.
Kwetishe said that the command had partnered with all security agencies to tackle drug abuse and violence during political campaigns in the state.
“We are battle-ready to provide the peaceful political atmosphere for smooth implementation of all electoral processes in our state,” he assured the public.
Speaking further, The NDLEA commander warned youth against using hard drugs, adding that doing so may put them in danger of losing their freedom in addition to having a bad impact on their health and future.
He encouraged parents to monitor the conduct of their children to ensure that they did not fall into drug abuse.