Photos: Indian Hemp Served As Souvenirs At Ceremonies In Onitsha

An alarm has been raised by a Nigerian non-governmental organization, Come Alive Initiative over the use of Indian Hemp that was served as gift items during a recent public functions in Onitsha.

According to reports from Punch Metro, the alarm was raised on Tuesday by the organization that cried out that Indian hemp is now being served at burial ceremonies and other private functions to willing guests in the country.

The National coordinator of the organization, Mr. Victor Enwezor, who raised the concerns during a symposium on drug abuse in Onitsha to mark this year’s International Drug Day, themed, “Drug/Substance Abuse: Its effects on the socio-economic development of communities,” said that drug abuses had posed socio-economic challenges to the development of Onitsha.

”If you come to some burial ceremonies or other events here in Onitsha, you will see cannabis wrapped like pills and served in tray with lighters.

“These things are in the open and nobody seems to want to talk about it.

“We need to begin to expose some of these things, unless we want to continue to live in illusion.” He said.

While adding that the purpose of CAI was to end the menace in Onitsha and environs, the coordinator who urged the government to resist any temptation to legalize hard drugs, said security institutions and the judiciary should be equipped and funded to tackle what he called “inducement of officials by drug barons.”

He added that CAI, in the past three years, had rehabilitated 28 victims of drug abuse, while 11 others were undergoing treatment.

While also speaking at the symposium, the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe, who noted that drug abuse and cultism were the major causes of crime in the area called on parents and guardians to monitor their children. And while he also hailed CAI for its efforts in rehabilitating drug victims, he called for the sustenance of the awareness.

The Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Garba Umar, who was also present at the symposium, in his speech, warned youths to avoid drug offences or face the full wrath of the law.

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