Addu Mayor criticizes governments lack of effort on drug prevention

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih seen with Addu City Council members in the meeting held on August 22, 2022 | Photo: President’s Office

Addu City, Maldives – Mayor of Addu City, Ali Nizar criticizes the governments lack of initiative and effort to find a solution to the widespread substance abuse in Addu City.

In a tweet posted by Mayor Nizar, he stated that the government has failed to take necessary action in prevention of drug abuse in Addu City and the entire island nation due to which crime rate has increased in the past months.

Mayor Nizar’s criticism against President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s administration comes just a few days after Addu City Council met with the president to discuss the issues of the city in which the council members expressed their gratitude to the President for the close attention he accords to the development and needs of the city’s people.

Nizar told that daylight robberies, snatch theft and assaults had increased in the city over the past month and that the general public now fears for their safety.

He added that there is no proper facilities established in the city to hold criminals and that known drug lords and thieves are free in the city due to this.

The biggest challenge for the city is that there is no place to hold these criminals. The city has only 20 cells to hold them [criminals]. Hence, they have to be released without any punishment

Mayor of Addu City, Ali Nizar

Mayor also added that the Commissioner of Police, Mohamed Hameed had given his word to increase the capacity of the police in the city during the meeting held, but no proper actions were taken.

Nizar further scrutinized the current and past governments citing that the current situation of drugs in Addu City and around the Maldives was the result of the central governments failure to take necessary actions in prevention of drug abuse.