The Ona of Abaji in the FCT, Alhaji Adamu Yunusa has directed the immediate implementation of drug integrity tests for couples in his domain before marriage.
According to the Ona, this will curb the cases of domestic abuse in his domain.
The Ona made the statement on Friday, while receiving NDLEA Chairman, Buba Marwa, who was on advocacy visit to introduce the NDLEA’s War Against Drug Abuse (WADA).
The NDLEA Chairman, was conferred with the traditional title of Santuraki of Abaji Kingdom, urged the traditional ruler to ensure that drug tests were carried out on intending couples.
According to a statement by the Director, Media, and Advocacy, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Mr. Femi Babafemi, due to increasing cases of women suffering from domestic violence fueled by drug abuse by their husbands and vice versa, we appeal we embrace drug test for intending couples.
“This will be the same way they do HIV/AIDS and genotype tests even though there are no laws making that compulsory. This is why we say both husband and wife should also show drug-free certificate before being joined.
And if any of them tests positive, he or she can be taken for treatment before the wedding is done to avoid unpleasant incidents that we see in recent times”.
The Ona of Abaji, who is the Chairman of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Council of Chiefs, directed the Chief Imam of Abaji and other religious leaders to commence immediate implementation of the directive.