It has been alleged that Boko Haram fighters consume 70 per cent of codeine cough syrup produced in Nigeria. Senator Ahmed Lawan, the Majority Leader of the Senate, made the claim while speaking on the scourge of drug during Wednesday’s plenary.
"70% of this codeine finds it (sic) way into Sambisa forest. Boko Haram elements are using it”, said Lawan. He noted the Federal Government’s ban on the importation and production of cough syrups laced with codeine.
“We need to do everything possible to support the Executive," added Lawan.
More so, Senator Lawan said illegal drug consumption had reached a frightening proportion in the country.
“There's hardly a single family that does not have an addict of some sort, Nigeria should be more worried on the menace of drug abuse”, Lawan said.
In his contribution, Senator Bukola Saraki, the president of Senate, lauded the ban and informed there were two imminent bills aimed at tackling drug abuse.
“There are two Bills that are coming to the floor, [namely] the Drug Control Bill and the Mental Health Bill. Let me commend the Minister of Health and let our Committees see that this ban is strictly adhered to,” said Saraki.