The Lagos State Police Command spokesman, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, has said the prevalence of substance abuse in the music industry has made policing difficult as many musicians consistently glamorized the use of drugs.
Naija News learnt that Hundeyin made the assertion at the 2023 Press Week Lecture/Symposium, organized by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), in partnership with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Lagos Chapter on Thursday, September 28.
While urging the elderly Nigerians to join in the fight against substance abuse, the Lagos Police PRO said many superstars are involved in the menace.
According to him, when faced with health challenges, many musicians would avoid going to the hospital but rather invite a nurse to treat them at home because of drug abuse.
He said, “Going to the hospital will expose that and they don’t want people to know. The music industry is not helping us in any way. They glamorize drugs. Not all that glitters is gold.”
Hundeyin noted that substance abuse, or drug addiction among youths, is the reason for increased crime in society.
He added the command regularly arrests criminals in the state, and in 90 per cent of the cases, the criminals blame their actions on drugs.