No Excuse for Drug Trafficking; By Safiya I. Dantiye

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IT seems the lure for making tremendous amount of money would continue to make people go into drug trafficking, even though drug traffickers are being caught and punished. Perhaps they believe that they would go through undetected, especially with the assurance of spiritualists for want of a better word, that they may ‘disappear’.

When caught, they give reasons such as lack of capital for their business and so on. So they decide to go into drug trafficking in order to raise money, without giving a thought to the lives of the people that would be affected by taking the drugs. How selfish!

Drug traffickers should not be spared because if we keep making excuses for them, we are not being fair to the victims, their parents, relations and the general public.

Therefore, when Mrs Adisa Afusat Olayinka, who was arrested by the operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Nnmadi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja for ingesting 80 pellets of cocaine, and she said she needed to raise N7 million for In Vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment due to pressure from people because she’s been married for 28 years without a child due to fertility challenges, it is not a reason at all.

Mrs Adisa Afusat, 46, who lives in Ibafo, Ogun State hails from Ilorin, in Ilorin East Local Government Area of Kwara State, was going to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for Umra (lesser hajj).

A statement by Femi Babafemi, Director, Media & Advocacy, said she was arrested on Wednesday 24th November at the boarding screening area of the airport during an outward clearance of Qatar Airways Flight 1418.

She was subsequently taken into custody where she excreted 80 pellets of the illicit drug between Wednesday and Saturday, 27th November.

She said she traded in clothes and during a period of over one year she saved N2.5m and bought drugs in bits from different people in Lagos and she also borrowed N1m.

Some people may however sympathise with her and blame the society for putting women that have not given birth under pressure, thus pushing her to commit crime.

But a crime is a crime and should not be glossed over, after all there are many women that have not given birth but they have not gone into drug trafficking to raise money for IVF treatment.

I am sure Mrs Adisa Afusat would never want that child she wants so desperately that she risked drug trafficking to have to become a drug addict. No, she would want him to be well brought up, decent, educated and all the nice things parents want their children to be.

Let’s say she has succeeded in the drug trafficking and also succeeded in the IVF treatment, would she be happy with the baby, as many people may be killed, become insane; become useless members of the society and a menace to the society because of it?

Drug traffickers should not be spared because if we keep making excuses for them, we are not being fair to the victims, their parents, relations and the general public.

For example people may believe that they have raised their children well only to discover that they have been introduced to drugs, some would drop out of school, start from petty stealing and later become thieves just to fuel the need for the drugs.

Some even threaten to kill their parents under the influence of drugs. On one such case, the young man brought a knife and threatened to kill his mother because she talked to him after he took (stole) their television and sold it.

I am sure Mrs Adisa Afusat would never want that child she wants so desperately that she risked drug trafficking to have to become a drug addict. No, she would want him to be well brought up, decent, educated and all the nice things parents want their children to be.

Kidnapping, terrorism, armed robbery are fuelled by drugs while the drug barons and traffickers smile to the bank at their expense and at the expense of the society at large.

Law against drug trafficking in Saudi Arabia is death penalty, so also in some other countries, yet Nigerians would insist on doing it and they are languishing in jails in many countries or executed as the case may be. But no excuse is good enough for this crime against humanity.

 

 

 

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