National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has advocated minimum of 15 years, maximum of 25 years, and life sentences for any Nigerian caught dealing in illicit drugs.
Chairman of the agency Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (retd.) disclosed this to State House correspondents yesterday during the ministerial briefing organised by the Presidential Communications team at the Presidential Villa.
According to him, the option of fine for drug peddlers and users in Nigeria makes nonsense of the war against the menace.
He further stated that the agency has proposed an amendment to its Act to the National Assembly, to curb the high prevalence of drug abuse in the country as well as serve as a deterrent to perpetrators, which he said has attained an alarming rate.
Marwa recounted a recent judgment in favor of the agency in which a drug dealer, his manager, and three other workers on his cannabis farms were sentenced to 15 years imprisonment by a Federal High Court in Benin City, Edo State.
He regretted that the judge gave the convicts who had 183.5 kilograms of Cannabis Sativa, charged with conspiracy and cultivation of 22 hectares of cannabis farms, an option of N700,000 fine on all the counts.