2022 Hajj: NDLEA Urges Intending Pilgrims to Avoid Drug Trafficking

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) urges pilgrims to refrain from participating in drug trafficking.

On Sunday, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency issued a warning to aspiring Hajj pilgrims about the dangers of drug trafficking.

Habiba Zubair, a senior official with the agency, gave the warning in Ilorin to anyone planning to travel to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj in 2022.

She cautioned pilgrims that they could only bring prescription medications into Saudi Arabia since the government would not tolerate anything else.

“You should avoid drugs capable of getting you arrested,’’ she said.


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Zubair also warned the pilgrims that kolanuts and ground pepper would be confiscated if brought into Saudi Arabia.

“Do not take any luggage from strangers in any circumstance as you may be tricked into taking on prohibitive substances,” she advised.

The NDLEA officer also admonished the intending pilgrims to wear the state’s uniform at all times while in Saudi Arabia to ensure easy identification.

The NDLEA was founded by Decree No. 48 on December 29, 1989, as a federal law enforcement agency. NDLEA is in charge of drug policy and control in Nigeria. Within this purview, the Agency has the mandate to curtail illicit production, importation, exportation, sale and trafficking of psychoactive substances.

Employees of NDLEA carry out interdiction and destruction of narcotic drugs and other illicit substances. They also engage in preventive drug abuse activities such as advocacy and counselling, and rehabilitation of drug users.


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