Kaduna 300: Women group blames govt on not stopping drug abuse

An Abuja-based group, Women Advocacy Against Child Abuse, has accused the Kaduna State Government of not doing enough to stop drug abuse among juveniles in the state.

The allegation followed a police raid on Thursday of an Islamic school known as Imam Ahmad Bun Hambal Centre for Islamic Studies in the Rigasa area of the state. The police found over 300 children and men, some of whom were in chains, while others were reportedly hung upside down from the ceiling. The operator of the school claimed the inmates committed drug-related offences.

Lamenting the rate of juvenile addiction to banned substances in Kaduna State, the National Publicity Secretary of the group, Hassana Ibrahim, in a statement on Monday alleged that the fundamental cause was the failure of the state government to tackle drug peddling.

 The statement read, “The state government must accept that it had failed in its responsibility to crush drug peddling which has subjected youths to addiction.

“The inability of the government to provide meaningful employment and empowerment to parents of the kids is also encouraging drug abuse, leading to mental illness among teenagers.

“Apart from that, the inadequate provision of affordable medical facilities has forced many people to start seeking refuge at ill-equipped spiritual centres.”

The group called on the government to take care of the 300 inmates of the Kaduna Islamiyah school. (Punch)

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