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Drug traffic: 158 Nigerians are condemned in Asian countries. How come?

Have you heard of Nigerians condemned in Asian countries because of drug abuse? Read this article to find out!

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A number of 158 Nigerians are currently expecting for the execution over drugs related offences in China, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, the Senate said on Tuesday.

   Senator Gbenga B. Ashafa (APC, Lagos East) said 120 of them are in China, 30 are in Malaysia, 7 in Indonesia and 1 in Singapore. Besides, six Nigerians were executed for drugs related offences last year
He noted that the Malaysian authorities have again issued a strong statement that 40 percent of the foreigners being arrested for drug offences are from Nigeria. So how come?

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Student disguise

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   It is known that Nigerians are disguising as “university students”, cooperating with drug syndicates to undermine the visa system and gain entrance into Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and other drug traffic routes.
   Getting there, they abandon the university education and get busy with their illicit and illegal drug business activities; trading in opiates, cocaine, heroin, cannabis and amphetamines.
Senator Gbenga also claimed that the Federal Government has not taken any strategic action to curb the menace of drug couriers and their sponsors both in and out of Nigeria.
   He noted that the incidence of young Nigerians abusing substances including Codeine, Rochephenol, Tramadol, heroin, Cannabis Sativa (Indian Hemp) and even different grades of crack cocaine have become prevalent  across the country.

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Traffickers and couriers

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   Senator affirmed that Nigeria has already topped the list of the countries involved in drug trafficking and drug use in West Africa’s and also the list of drug couriers arrested in Europe in 2011 and 2012.
   Contributing to the motion, Senator Jibrin Barau (APC, Kano North) said the rates at which housewives are abusing drugs are alarming.
 

“We need to do something about, it has gone beyond youth and now it is very prevalent among married women. Women who are in charge of upbringing of children are now drugs addicts,” he said.

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