Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor, Lagos State, has a problem on his hands. It is a case of Lagos as a megacity with a mega drug problem. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, a retired Colonel and Chairman/Chief Executive, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, presented the Governor with some chilling drug use statistics during a courtesy call on the Governor.
A few hours to the Courtesy Visit, the Agency had just concluded the public destruction of a whopping 100 tons of illicit drugs that were seized within the Lagos metropolis. The illicit drugs were seized from land borders, sea and airports in addition to the city center. According to the NDLEA boss, the seizures are validated by the Nigeria Drug Use Survey conducted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime which pointed to Lagos as accounting for 15 percent of drug abuse cases in Nigeria.
Sanwo-Olu promised that his administration will change the narrative. “Lagos will not plunge further into the drug abuse abyss. Not in my own time!. We are willing to collaborate with NDLEA to reverse the trend.” The Governor urged NDLEA to feel free to request help from any relevant ministry, agency and department of Lagos State.
According to NDLEA Chairman, Lagos State has the highest number of NDLEA formations in the country in recognition of the peculiarity of the State, with its easy accessibility by land border, sea and airports and easy transportation networks which are predisposing factors to illicit drug trafficking.