Not more than 6,000 Nigerians are serving various jail terms for drug-related offences abroad, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has said. According to the NDLEA, Nigeria is the only African country with such a frightening figure.
The agency said that the figure may be higher as the available data could not be said to be totally exhaustive.
NDLEA Director General, Mr. Femi Ajayi, told the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Matters that Iran has 4,000 inmates, Brazil 500, Thailand 500 and Malaysia 300.
He said: "The bulk of those caught for drug-related offences outside the country were from the South-East with majority coming from Anambra State.
"I do not know what we can do to the upsurge of our brothers from the South East-who indulges in this kind of business. Can you believe that of the 500 Nigerians in Thailand prisons, 480 of them are from the South-East and 450 from the figure are from Anambra State".
Ajayi, however, decried lack of adequate funding of the agency’s activities, adding that the development has had negative impact on its ability to fight drug trafficking.