Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina state decried security operation in the border between Nigeria and Niger, adding that Nigeria cannot adequately protect the state’s land borders, particularly with the influx of illegal drugs into the state.
Masari, who spoke while hosting the State Commander, the Nigeria Drugs and Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), said that Katsina state is among the highest states that experience the influx of drugs across land borders, which further aggravated the growing wave of insecurity across the state.
He further added that the wide nature of the land border made it difficult for security to properly monitor the influx of drugs and other contraband that are detrimental to the country’s security.
He said that “Katsina state is among the states with the highest rates in terms of the influx of dangerous drugs, partly due to the open border with the Republic of Niger. The land borders that cannot be easily monitored are so vast, while Immigration, Customs, the Police and the Army are in a position to police the Katsina borders not to mention Zamfara, Sokoto, Jigawa, among others ”
The governor urged the NDLEA in the state to step up efforts to combat drug abuse in the state, sensitizing young people in secondary schools and tertiary institutions who, he said, will go a long way to enlightening them to understand the danger of drugs to their lives.
He further affirmed the government’s support and commitment to helping the Corporation improve the drug campaign, especially those in the tick forest who complained that their children are now injecting drugs and no longer respect them.
Earlier, NDLEA commander Sule Momodu thanked the governor for supporting the command in the fight, calling for an ongoing partnership to reduce the rate of drugs that are primarily responsible for the crimes committed in the state.