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20 August 2007 :: 12:08:48 pm 43354

NIGERIAN DRUG BARON IS OUT OF JAIL AS A DIFFERENT MAN

The global trade has become a source of concern for governments all over the world.
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The United Nations equally recognizes the relationship between drug and crime. Recently when the UN marked the world drug free day, a report was released by the world body in Vienna, Austria, indicating that Africa had become a major user of illicit drugs as the developed countries have take stiff measures against drug barons.

Over the years, the UN body has thus created an arm which devotes attention to issues of drug and crime and how to combat them. Several other organizations also carry out enlightenment and education programmes on the dangers inherent in the trafficking and consumption of illicit drugs such as marijuana, opium, cocaine, LSD, etc. In Nigeria of 1980s, names such as opium, cocaine, etc were read in textbooks brought into Nigeria by scholars who studied in the United States. Cocaine crept into lexicon of Nigerians via government statute in 1984 and the execution of three drug carriers.

Since then, some Nigerians have been involved in the so ––called triangular drug trade which connects Africa and runs into billions of dollars.

While a school of thought believes personal indulgence and wealth force people in the developed world into drug use and abuse, those who engage in the illicit trade do so as a result of greed and poverty.

Sunday Vanguard recently ran into a 35-year old man, Lucky Michael, who used to ferry illicit drugs across to Europe with a network that ran in Asia. He made money from the trade. He got bruised from time to time. Finally, he was caught and sentenced to some years in jail in Moscow, Russia (defunct Soviet Union). His wife was caught in Thailand and got her own share of long jail sentence. Inside the Moscow jail, Michael saw hell even though he was a ““big boy””. Today, he is a different man. He is out of jail. He is even clean from drug. He wants to engage in education on drugs and would like those who are hooked on drug to avoid it like a plaque. During weeks of interaction and interviews, facilitated by Center for Security Education and Research, Michael shares his mind boggling story. It is scary and fit for a script in Hollywood movies.

* I confused police with charm, smuggled cocaine into prison, survived in death zone

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