The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Commander, Dr Ibrahim Abdul, has said Nigerian Police lack power to prosecute drug abusers in the country.
The NDLEA boss was reacting to the while faulting the state Police Commissioner over the arrest of 303 cartons of suspected hard drugs.
Abdul noted that his men had arrested the same drugs sometimes last month and after a laboratory test found them to be things that are not harmful.
While speaking with journalist, Dr Ibrahim Abdul, said the drug was diclofenac which is a pain killer and not Tramadol that is harmful to health and taken by drug addicts.
He explained that section 3 subsection 1 (b) of the NDLEA act provided that the agency is the general coordinator of all drug laws in Nigeria.
“Even after the result showed it was diclofenac, we had to make further tests in Lagos because the court doesn’t consider our test results unless it is from a certified laboratory,” he said.
Abdul, therefore, argued that the fact that Police have the power to make arrests, as enshrined in section 4 of the Police Service act, it equally lacked power to prosecute drug suspects.
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