NDLEA probe more celebrities following Tonto Dikeh’s Indian hemp photos

The Head, Public Affairs, NDLEA, Mitchell Ofoyeju, on Friday, told Punch reporters that Nollywood stars had been prosecuted for drug-related offences.

“We are beaming our searchlight on more celebrities with regard to drug trafficking and abuse,” he said.

“The arrest and conviction of Nollywood stars, Hassanat Akinwande, popularly known as Wunmi, and Tochi Uche have clearly shown that some members in the sector are vulnerable and susceptible to manipulation by drug cartels.

“We have a responsibility to investigate and identify anyone involved in drug trafficking and use.  We are deeply concerned, when such personalities are linked with drugs because of their large number of fans.”

According to reports, Ofoyeju said the implication of having celebrities dealing in hard drugs was that their fans might like to act like their role models and that the improper conduct of a celebrity might have “ripple effects” on their followers.

“This will not be treated with kid gloves. It is counterproductive to the country’s drug abuse prevention campaign. Any breach of the NDLEA Act will not be condoned,” he said.

-NL

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