The wife of the Katsina State Governor, Hadiza Aminu Bello Masari, has called on stakeholders in the country to institute aggressive campaigns against drug abuse in the country in order to secure the future of Nigerian youth.
She made the call in Funtua, Katsina state capital, while addressing participants at a workshop on combating drug abuse organized by her NGO – Center for the Advancement of Mothers and Children (CEAMOC).
Mrs Masari however, applauded the recent banning of the local production and importation of codeine in the country.
She challenged regulatory and security agencies to constantly being on the alert and ensure culprit are arrested and prosecuted. She called on them to mount aggressive advocacy and mass mobilization campaign to rid communities of illicit drugs and bad eggs.
The Governor’s wife further appealed to the three tiers of government, civil societies, faith based organizations and development partners to work closely in the fight against drug abuse.
The workshop which was with the them: “Community Sensitization Campaign Against Drug Abuse ,” attracted participants from different parts of the country.
Speaking, an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Aminu Daurawa, advocated a four-step approach towards combating the menace.
According to him, some of the steps which have been adopted by the Kano state Government include counseling, rehabilitation, empowerment and the incorporation of terrorism and drug abuse in the national curricular of education.
Earlier in his remarks, the State Chief Judge, Justice Musa Danladi, who doubles as the Chairman Board of Trustees of CEAMOC, observed with dismay that most of the criminal cases before various courts in the state are drug-induced.
Justice Danladi called on stakeholders, particularly parents, traditional rulers, religious leaders and youths leaders to be vigilant as a stitch in time saves lives.
Court remands ex-convict in prison over alleged robbery
An Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court on Monday remanded a 22-year-old ex-convict, Sodiq Kolade, in prison for allegedly robbing a man of valuables worth N44, 000 at gunpoint.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs F. Williams, who gave the ruling, said the accused should be kept in Kirikiri Prisons pending advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
She directed that the case file should be duplicated and a copy sent to the DPP.
The accused, who is unemployed, is a resident of No. 16, Kano St., Oyingbo, Ebute Meta on Lagos Mainland.
He is facing a two-count charge bordering on armed robbery.
Earlier, Police Prosecutor Nomayo Kenrich told the court that the accused committed the offences with others still at large on April 14 at 4.30 a.m. at No. 78, Kadara St., Oyingbo.
Kenrich alleged that the accused, who was armed with a gun and an iron cutter, robbed a man, James Maduabuchi of his Techno phone valued at N22, 000 and N22, 000.
“The complainant and his younger brother were baking pies when the accused suddenly entered and robbed them of their valuables.
“The complainant raised an alarm and with the help of some passersby they were able to arrest the accused, while others ran away,” he said.
The prosecutor said the accused, who had once been arrested for armed robbery, was recently released from Kirikiri Prisons in January.
The offences contravened Sections 297(2) and 299(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The case has been adjourned until June 14 for DPP’s advice. (NAN)