The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has expressed its determination to soon conduct raids on some gardens in Abuja, the nation’s capital notorious for harbouring addicts and peddlers.
Dropping the hint today, January 23 when he visited the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, the new NDLEA boss in Abuja, Hamisu Lawan expressed concern over the use of some gardens across the city as venues for drug consumption and abuse.
He stressed the commitment of the Agency to arrest the ugly situation, reminding the culprits that drug crimes are not only crimes on their own but can also lead to other forms of crime and criminality.
Hamisu Lawan thanked the FCT Minister for the Administration’s support to the Agency over the years, especially in the “pin-down” operations being enforced in some dark spots across the city.
The Minister, Muhammad Musa Bello responded by warning that his government will not allow the city to be used as a centre of illicit drug operations.
He regretted that a high percentage of criminality that occur in the FCT are in one way or the other linked to drug use and abuse.
Muhammad Bello promised the continuous cooperation and support of the FCT Administration to the NDLEA, even as he advised the new commander to exhibit the same passion and commitment for the job as was done by his predecessor, Mrs. Chinyere Obijuru.
He recalled that Mrs. Chinyere worked very closely with the FCT Authorities in the fight against the menace of drug abuse and trafficking.