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Kano Drug Peddlers Recruit Almajiris-NDLEA
The Commander of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, in Kano, Hamza Umar , has said that over 50 Almajiris are currently in his custody for aiding and abating drug peddling in the state, just as he disclosed that the Command has arrested 200 girls who indulged in drug activities.
This is just as he noted that drug trafficking in the state has taken another worrisome dimension as drug dealers have started using Almajiris as drug carriers and distributors.
According to him, “it was also worrisome that the teenagers do not only serve as distributors, but are also initiated into the act of drug abuse by their pay masters.
Hamza however stated that his office has handed over the girls to the state Ministry of Women Affairs for counseling.
He added that “most of these young women are nursing mothers who abandon their children at home only to lodge in hotels where they do drugs and engage in other immoral activities.
His words “I have a recent case whereby a young woman locked up her two little children inside the house, flee her home and joined her friends in a red-light hotel where they engage in all kinds of illicit activities, including drug abuse.”
He noted that, “just recently, we arrested over 50 Almajiris who confessed to having engaged in the business of drug peddling for a price to the tune of N300 per day.”
“It is a known fact today that there is a phenomenal increase in the number of youths engaging in drug use and peddling. Young adolescents begin to use drug as early as when they are 10 to 20 years of age in Kano.”
The NDLEA boss, however, identified illicit drugs commonly abused in Kano to include Scorpion gas, angel breeze, Monkey tail, chasing the Dragon, flying stone, man-die-go, fire-for-fire, cough syrups, psychotropic substances, solvent and solution, gigabytes, suck-and-die, lizard dung, as well as using pipes to suck and sniff human remains from the grave.