A drug and narcotics expert, Dr. Martins Agwogie, said the government-imposed blanket ban on dangerous substances has made drug addicts explore cemeteries in search of alternative medicines.
Speaking on Tuesday in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State, at the first Stakeholders Summit on Drug Abuse Prevention and Control themed “Forging a Common Front Against Drug Abuse”, Agwogie, in his opening speech , revealed that drug addicts now surround cemeteries to exhume corpses, collecting bones that they grind and smell later.
“Drug addicts started going to the cemetery to exhume corpses, grind the bones and smell them,” he said.
However, he condemned the total ban on the substances, arguing that the measure was taken only due to abuse, not considering those who need them as recommended medicines.
Describing drug abuse as a social menace, Agwogie lamented that Nigeria is one of the worst drug users in the world.
He commended the efforts of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and the National Food and Drug Administration and Control in combating the menace.
In his recommendations for a way out, Agwogie challenged state governments to, instead of condemning it at the hands of the two agencies, take firm control by showing renewed interest in the menace.
“All states have drug abuse control committees in their local governments, they must strengthen them and end excessive dependence on law enforcement agencies,” he admonished.
In her contribution at the meeting, the Special Assistant to the President on Citizenship and Leadership, Mrs. Rinsola Abiolac, sought the cooperation of state governments to stem the tide of drug abuse in the country.
Abiola called for the establishment of more rehabilitation centers, seeking dedicated partnership from state governments.
Also speaking at the event, the NDLEA Narcotics Commander, Kwara State office, Bashir Ibrahim, said his men seized 1.8 tonnes of banned substances which were confiscated in 2023.