By Frank Oshanugor
The Commandant in charge of the Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) Commandant DouglasE weka Okoro has pledged to perenially support National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in its fight against drug proliferation and substance abuse amongst others in Lagos state.
The Commandant who received the State Commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Lagos State Command on
Tuesday Barr. Callys Alumona, in his office, at at the Lagos State Command Headquarters, at Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos made the statement.
The new State Commander, NDLEA, Lagos State Command, stated firstly that he deemed it necessary to visit the NSCDC Lagos State Command as his first point of call, because of the laudable achievements of the Command in recent times and the cordial inter-agency collaboration between the two security agencies in Lagos State.
The NDLEA Chieftain also further sought to partner, collaborate, synergise and solidify the existing cordial relationship, between the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the NDLEA in Lagos State, as a reputable law enforcement agency, in order to fulfil their statutory mandates and functions in the state.
However, Commandant Eweka Okoro, in his response, during the visit, reiterated the position and charge of the Commandant General (CG), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, CG Ahmed Abubakar Audi on inter-agency collaboration between the NSCDC and other services in the nation. Therefore, he assured the State Commander, NDLEA, Lagos State Command, of a good working relationship in the state.
In the same vein, Commandant Eweka stated that the relationship between the two organizations (NSCDC and NDLEA) can be said to be historical and remarkable. He as well seized the opportunity to share good, achievable and credible intelligence with the Commander, NDLEA, Lagos State Command, and other members of his team during the visit. He also said that the Command will always handover to the NDLEA, any suspected drug law offenders apprehended by the Command’s operatives during their routine operations or otherwise.
Finally, Commandant Eweka and the NDLEA Lagos boss agreed to work and partner together, in order to eradicate proliferation of drugs or substance abuses and many other related offences connected to such in Lagos state. This he said “could be achieved through the deployments of several well planned strategies, which include but not limited to robust intelligence gathering routine operations with arrest of offenders, in relations with such offences and violations against drug laws, as stipulated by the NDLEA Act.