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Decree 33 to go

LAGOS—THE obnoxious Decree 33 in the 1990 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which provides for double punishment for drug offenders may soon be abolished, Vanguard learnt yesterday.

Under the Decree, a drug suspect convicted abroad when repatriated also suffer similar fate.

This is coming on the heels of the recent US certification of Nigeria as having adhered to the international counter-narcotic agreement and convetions.

But, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), announced yesterday that though, no citizen of the country had been convicted under the said Decree since 2003, the anti-drug agency was working assiduously for its abolition.

NDLEA’s Director-General, Otunba Lanre Ipinmisho, said this yesterday while receiving the British Minister for Crime Reduction, Mr. Alan Campbell and his entourage at the agency’s Ikoyi office, adding it would, however, need the support of the British government to providing relevant information and history of drug convicts.


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