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Drug barons’ arrest: CSO commends NDLEA, calls for citizens’ vigilance

By Chijioke Iremeka
06 August 2022   |   5:40 am
A Civil Society Organisation (CSO), Adopt A Goal for Development, has commended the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for arresting drugs barons and dismantling laboratories in Lagos and Anambra states...

A Civil Society Organisation (CSO), Adopt A Goal for Development, has commended the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for arresting drugs barons and dismantling laboratories in Lagos and Anambra states, where illicit drugs, including crystal methamphetamine, popularly known as Mkpuru Mmiri, were being produced for local distribution and export.

The CSO described the breakthrough and intelligence deployed by the NDLEA as ‘a product of courageous and dedicated leadership that must be sustained through citizens’ cooperation.’

The organisation, in a statement by its Executive Director, Ariyo-Dare Atoye, applauded the NDLEA for rekindling in Nigerians, the hope that criminality could be defeated with the right kind of leadership.

“The latest arrest of two drug barons and discovery of hidden laboratories for manufacturing Mkpuru Mmiri by the operatives of the NDLEA in Lagos and Anambra states has attracted the call for stronger citizens’ vigilance,” Ariyo-Dare said. 

The group tasked the leadership of other government agencies to emulate the NDLEA and work with passion and patriotism to redeem the dwindling fortunes of the country.

Ariyo-Dare continued: “The deployment of critical assets to find the primary source of manufacturing the drug in Nigeria and arrest of the barons behind it did not come cheap…”

The dexterity displayed by the NDLEA against the cartel through months of intelligence gathering that led to the arrest of four kingpins and a cook deserves global applause.  

“At a time when every news item in the country signaled the advancement of evils that are very depressing, we are glad that Gen. Buba Marwa has demonstrated that leadership is vital to defeating criminality.” 

To sustain this difficult fight, the organisation called for greater vigilance on the part of citizens and support for NDLEA by supplying timeous information to the agency.

“We want Nigerians to know that this is our fight, and we must collectively support the agency to protect lives and rid our country of illicit drugs,” he added.