Mrs. Josephine Obi, Commander of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Akwa Ibom State, has revealed that more than 29 public schools in the state are being used as hard drugs dealing centres.
Obi added that the command had to write the state’s education commissioner on the matter so that necessary urgent steps could be taken to halt the ugly development. She further stated that her decision to write to the commissioner was borne out of the fact that using schools to market hard drugs was likely to threaten performance of innocent students and rubbish government’s free and compulsory education policy.
Responding, the state’s Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Eunice Samuel Thomas, said she was not aware of the NDLEA’s claim as it had not been brought to her notice.
“I have been interacting with principals and school heads on a regular basis and have personally visited some of these schools, but none of them ever informed me about this situation,” she said