From: Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin-Kebbi
A Federal High Court Judge, in Kebbi State, Justice Simeo Amoboda and a Kano State-based constitutional lawyer, Barr. Rilwanu Umar have urged law enforcement agencies to beam their searchlights on the dealers of hard drugs in the state to reduce their usages among youths.
Justice Amoboda who made the position of the Court known after granting bail applications to five youths standing trials on drugs-related offences, decried the high rate of usage narcotics sativa among youths in Kebbi State.
Barr. Umar, who also rendered free legal service to the eight defendants’ trials at both Federal High Court and the Kebbi State High Courts, told Daily Sun in an interview that without apprehension of drugs dealers in the state, it would difficult to control the sale of narcotics sativa to youths.
Justice Amoboda, while counseling stakeholders on drugs addictions among the youths, noted that it was high time stakeholders in the state curtailed the use of hard drugs among them.
According to him, “Observations of this court is that the rate at which youths taking to drugs is too much. That is the position of this Court”,he said.
Barr. Umar, who had secured bail for eight defendants at Federal High Court and three others at the Kebbi State High Court on drugs-related offences, told Daily Sun in interview said that if security agencies did not flush out dealers of hard drugs, it would be difficult to reduce drugs addiction among youths in the state.
His words: “A lot of youths between age brackets of 15-30 are involving in drugs. This is too alarming! They are suppose to be in school, mentoring, be guided. Unfortunately, they found themselves in drugs addiction like narcotic sativa. This responsibility of drugs addiction control, to be honesty, it goes to the government and parents. Parents are suppose to be monitoring their children movement from schools, at home and whom they are moving with, their peer group.
“Government too should go beyond stopping youths from taking into drugs, they should go after drugs dealers. I have not heard of any arrest of notorious drugs dealers of narcotic and arraignments of such dealers before any Court. Does that means our security agencies don’t know those dealers who are bringing such drugs into the country? Does that means during their investigations, our security agencies had not come across these drugs dealers? They are always after the users, youths who are poor’s. These are the only people they are going after. “