The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) claims that drug lords sponsor politicians in elections in exchange for favorable laws to aid their illicit trade.
NDLEA Chairman Buba Marwa revealed this in an interview with Channels TV, saying that officers have in the past arrested politicians in possession of illegal drugs.
“We have arrested politicians who hold political office or who have retired. Recently, one of them was imprisoned in Lagos. He was trying to smuggle 1kg, possibly to use to run for office.
“As you know cartels also participate in political institutions, they actually fund candidates at different levels so that the appropriate laws are enacted to favor their course,” Mr. Marwa said.
The NDLEA President’s statement comes amid commemoration of this year’s International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
Last year in May, the NDLEA arrested Asekun Kehinde Sakiru, former Deputy Chairman of the Lagos Island East Local Council Development Area, Asekun Kehinde Sakiru, for trafficking drugs to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.
Similarly, in February, the NDLEA arrested Abba Kyari, a disgraced senior police officer, for his alleged involvement in drug trafficking.
Ahead of the political party presidential primaries, Mr Marwa in April requested drug tests as part of the selection of candidates for the ruling All Progressives Congress.