THE NIGERIAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY
Volume 10, No. 1, (2012)
Indian Hemp trafficking and Violent Crime against Officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in Nigeria
Vitalis O. Ugwukwu, Vivian Onwukwe & M.I. Ifeanacho
Department of Sociology, University of Port Harcourt Port Harcourt, Rivers State
Globally, drug trafficking has generated a lot of violent crimes. In Nigeria, among all the drugs trafficked on, Indian hemp appears responsible for much bigger portion of the violent crimes than most people realize. Perhaps, the reason for this is not unconnected to the fact that Indian hemp is the only illicit psychoactive substance produced in the country. In fact, between 1990, when the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) was established, and 2009, about 117 deaths of NDLEA officials have been recorded; and a significant proportion of this deaths resulted from Indian hemp related cases. This paper is an attempt to create awareness, explore the peculiar challenges and proffer workable strategies for interrupting Indian hemp induced violent crimes against Nigerians.
Keywords: drug trafficking, Indian hemp, violent crime, NDLEA, Nigeria