Nigerian Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has revealed the funders of terrorism and banditry in Nigeria.
He attributed the lingering insecurity to the activities of drug barons who provide insurgent groups such as Boko Haram, bandits and kidnappers with arms and ammunitions to undertake criminal activities in the country. He insisted that drug barons fund terrorism with the proceeds of the illegal drug trade then use it to purchase arms and ammunitions for terror groups.
Lawan disclosed this on Thursday March 4, when the chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Brigadier-General Buba Marwa, paid a visit to his office at the National Assembly in Abuja.
According to him, drug barons have made Nigeria a major transit route, adding that this has aided the increase of criminality around the nation.
Further speaking, Lawan urged the chairman of the NDLEA to work with other security networks in order to get rid of these criminals assuring him and his team of getting full support from the National Assembly.
In his words, “My personal opinion is that NDLEA should be in the league of EFCC, ICPC, and therefore, the kind of support that those two agencies I mentioned receive, you should receive something like that, in addition to many other things that you should be supported with.
“So, the National Assembly will definitely work with you, we will partner with you, and will ensure that we do our best to give you the kind of support that will enable you properly to discharge your mandate.
“Having said this, let me say that Nigeria as a country is in one way or the other a transit route for drugs.
Meanwhile, the NDLEA chairman expressed sadness at the increase in drug addiction, especially amongst the youths.
He admitted that the illegal drug trade has played a great role in the rise of criminality in Nigeria.
He further appreciated the legislators in the Ninth Senate for displaying great interest and supporting the review of the NDLEA Act. He stated that the joint force as well as the cooperation of the legislature, would bring about a positive change in the increase of drug addiction and trading will be tackled effectively.