Ondo NDLEA builds church to rehabilitate drug addicts

The rehabilitation centre houses mostly children of the rich between the ages of 16 and 35.


The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, in Ondo State, said it has built a church within its premises to further enhance the spiritual development of drug addicts being rehabilitated in its centre.

The agency noted that this became imperative because of the increasing number of drug addicts being rehabilitated by the agency in the state.

The Commander of the agency, Walter Nicholas, who stated this in an interview with journalists in Akure, said 28 chronic drug addicts including a 34-year-old medical doctor had so far rehabilitated

Mr. Nicholas also disclosed that the agency seized 26 tonnes of hemp estimated at N2.6 million from traffickers in November.

He explained that the traffickers, who had devised many dubious means of concealing the drugs while on transit, would have escaped but for the vigilance of his men.

The NDLEA boss lamented the wanton destruction of forests in the state by the hemp growers and expressed the fear that their deforestation activities could lead to loss of many economic trees that could yield income for the state.

He explained that most of the inmates of the rehabilitation centres were children of the rich between the ages of 16 and 35 years that got involved in drugs and abused it.

“The case of a 34-year-old medical doctor was pathetic. He formed the habit of injecting himself with hard drugs and in the process, partially lost his sense of reasoning,” he said. “He was rehabilitated after three weeks of intensive therapy sessions and counseling.”

Mr. Nicholas said the church, named “Chapel of Restoration” would be dedicated to God on December 8, adding that it would be a platform for members of staff to appreciate God for His divine protection over them whenever they were chasing desperate traffickers, who are usually armed, in the forest.

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