NAMIBIA Police boss, Inspector General Sebastian Ndeitunga, has expressed concern over the increasing use of drugs in the country, which are now also available in schools.
Ndeitunga made the remarks during a meeting at the Oshakati police station on Friday, adding that drugs have become a serious problem that requires urgent attention.
According to Ndeitunga, many children have now fallen victims to drugs, with dealers increasingly targeting schools.
In the Ohangwena Region, it was reported that a 19-year-old grade 11 learner at Haimbili Haufiku Secondary School was recently found with cannabis on the school premises.
It was further reported that the learner was selling the drugs to his peers at the school.
Ndeitunga explained that drug dealers, who easily smuggle drugs into the country through the borders, are selling the drugs in the form of biscuits, which are sold to children who eventually develop an addiction.
Ndeitunga then called on the public to stand together with the police to fight the scourge of drug addiction amongst the youth by reporting drug dealers in their communities.
Oshana Regional Commander, Commissioner Rauha Amwele, on her part said that the region has noticed an increase in the dealing of illegal substances, especially at schools.
According to police records, five schools in the region, namely: Uupumako Combined School, Iipumbu Senior Secondary school, Ontuli Secondary school, Oshikondiilongo Combined School and Kupila Combined School – have learners that were involved in drugs cases.
It is reported that in one of the cases, a learner planted marijuana at his home, but that the police at Ondangwa destroyed it.
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