June 9, 2009

Unemployment aids drug abuse, says suspect

By Gbenga Ariyibi
A 28-year old drug suspect, Adekunle Ajayi has attributed the involvement of the youths on drugs related offences to the insincerity of government to provide  employment opportunity for them, after being used as thugs or party agents.

Ajayi who is presently under the custody of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), blamed politicians for not being faithful and sincere to the youths.

The drug suspect who was arrested in Oye-Ekiti while on a business trip told newsmen in Ado Ekiti, where he was paraded along with others by the sector commander, Mr Ben Ikani that most of the youths resorted to drug business, since politicians have used and dumped them after realising their ambitions.

The drug suspect, however,  praised the Commander of the Agency in the State, Mr Ben Ikani for the number of arrest he had been able to make since he started the anti-drug war, saying it has gone a long way at reducing youths involvement in drug related cases in the State.

The Ikere Ekiti born taxi driver  recounted how he aligned with a notable politician in the state with the believe that he would provide him a job after he realised his ambition, saying the politician finally disappointed him.

“So some of the problem most of us are having today is because of the insensitivity of the government. They only used the youths and dumped them, which is not good”, he lamented..The sector commander Ikani while parading the suspects, vowed that his men would continue to swoop on drug dealers in all the notorious spots in the State in their  efforts to bring those dealing in illicit drug to face the full wrath of the law.

The NDLEA boss   said about 7 people were arrested at the notorious Atikankan Area of Ado Ekiti, adding that those arrested would  soon be arraigned at the Federal High Court in the State Capital.

Adding that  his men has commenced operation at the interior of the State in order to expand the scope of the drug war to all the nooks and crannies of the State.

“You can see the number of the people we have been able to arrest now. We are widening the scope of our war to the interior parts of the State because some of these drug dealers have fled Ado Ekiti, so tat the war can be total and effective.

“We are resolute in our commitment to clean up the society by bring the culprits to justice and in doing this, we need the assistance of all the youths, traditional institution and the State Government.”