Analysis of some of the legal challenges in combating drug trafficking in Nigeria
T I Akomolede, Adetifa E K
Combating drug challenges has remained a daunting global task for a variety of reasons. The dynamism of illicit drug markets worldwide is very topical and deeply pronounced in playing down the effectiveness of the various innovative drug policies and efforts put in place to stem the tide of the drug trade. New trafficking routes and modes are evolving with almost each passing day. The drug situation is further aggravated by the emergence of new psychoactive substances in the global market that are not under international control with its multiplier impacts on the corresponding expansion of illicit markets. Emergence of new technologies equally detracts from the efficacy of law enforcement efforts as drug traffickers are beneficially catching on the global reach of the internet to facilitate the movement of illicit consignments and adapt circumventing modus operandi. In most cases, law enforcement effectiveness is being challenged due to the inability of drug policing organization to swiftly adapt to the growing trend of technologies in drug trafficking. Absence of data collection and analysis mechanism to compile, analyze and disseminate drug related information is yet another drawback in many countries in the fight against illicit drug trade. Drug trafficking obviously remains a hydra headed global monster. However, the extent of the vulnerability of each country may be dependent on a number of diverse peculiar factors. This paper therefore seeks to examine some of the peculiar challenges in Nigeria in addressing the drug menace.