Lagos backs NDLEA, NIS against drug dealers and users
Lagos State Government has said that it is ready to engage with appropriate authorities in order to combat drug and substance sales and abuse in the state as a result of the arrest and continuing trial of suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, for his involvement in drug trafficking.
Officials from the Nigerian Immigration Service and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have said that they would be working together to clear the country of illicit substances and strengthen security.
In a statement headlined, ‘Lagos confirms cooperation with NDLEA, NIS’, released on Monday, the Secretary to the Government of Lagos State, Mrs. Folashade Jaji, proclaimed the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration’s commitment to engage with the NDLEA and NIS.
She made the remarks during a courtesy visit to the Cabinet Office in Alausa, Ikeja, by the Commander of the Nigerian Defense and Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Lagos, Barr. Calys Alumona, and his counterpart from the Nigerian Intelligence Service (NIS), Comptroller Bagiwa Mani.
Although Lagos has a tiny landmass, Jaji described the city as a “mini-Nigeria,” with a constant inflow of people on a daily basis. He said that coordination between the two agencies was essential in addressing concerns such as drug misuse and other security difficulties in the state.
Assuring the audience that Sanwo-Olu was working tirelessly with other members of his administration and other stakeholders to ensure that Lagos was a secure place to live and do business, she said that she had confidence in him.
The SSG expressed confidence that the officers would emulate the hard work of their predecessors and wished them a prosperous stay in office, while pledging that the government would continue to assist all security agencies working to maintain the protection of people and property in Lagos State.
In an earlier conversation, Alumona informed Jaji that the National Campaign on Drug Abuse had been launched by the President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd. ), and the Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (retd.), with the State Commanders being mandated to launch the campaign in their respective states and local government areas.
“The campaign in Lagos is to sensitise residents on the dangers inherent in sales, trafficking, and usage of drugs,” Alumona was quoted as saying in the statement on the government’s Facebook page.
Besides that, the NDLEA commander requested the state government’s assistance in obtaining a drug rehabilitation center for addicts as well as cars and a plot of land for the building of a barracks for the agency’s personnel.
A similar sentiment was conveyed by the Commissary of Immigration Service, Bagiwa Mani, who expressed thanks to state officials for the assistance provided to his agency while simultaneously calling for more funding.
He noted that Lagos is the most important entrance into Nigeria by air, land, and sea, as well as the country’s most important economic center, and he pledged that the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) in Lagos will continue to work tirelessly to secure the state’s borders.