By Daniel Idonor
ABUJA – AN end of the road appears to be on the ways of fake drug dealers in Nigeria as the Federal Government yesterday resolved to offer a life jail sentence to anyone caught by the law.
To this end, government, through the Ministry of Health, has directed the National Agency for Food and Drug Administrationâ€™s (NAFDAC) to pursue the execution of the sentence. The law applies to those who engage in fake and adulterated drug dealings in the country.
Speaking to newsmen Minister of State for Health, Dr. Idi Hong, saidÂ government is highly embarrassed by the alarming rate of drug trafficking and violation in the country and the only way to stem the tide and clean the nationâ€™s image is to applyÂ maximum punishmentÂ and deter potential criminals.
According to him, â€œwe are working with the National Assembly toward reviewing the NAFDAC law to include stiffer sanction, including life jail and possibly if the National Assembly will allow, if not because of this talk of human right, it will include death sentence, if I had my way I will ask for death penalty for fake drug dealers,â€ Hong said.
Besides, he added that â€œwe are reviewing the NAFDAC law and by the time we are through we will take it to the National Assembly. It is now left for the
National Assembly to pass the law and I think we need it,â€ he said.
Said he: â€œWe should agitate for life sentence for anybody involved in fake drugs, because there has to be a maximum sanction for every business; and the consequence has to beÂ enormous than the benefit or gain from such an enterprise which should be equal to the punishment. So when you see one person or the other being hanged you will think twice about the benefit of going this way.”
Hong clarified that as far as he was concerned â€œa fake drug dealer is more dangerous than an armed robber because innocently somebody will pay for his death to a dealer supplying fake products, while you have to struggle with the armed robber before he takes your money.
The armed robbers come at midnight to seize your money, but this one is a criminal openly robbing you and also collecting your life at the end of the day.”
He said dealing on fake drugs â€œis about attitude, unethical behaviour, it is about immoral characters pursuing capitals for their selfish interests.”