Mr Imohimi Edgal, the acting Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, today led officers and men of the command to set ablaze hard drugs worth over N50million.
The exercise took place this afternoon at the Lagos Task Force Park Yard, inside Olusosun Dumpsite, Ojota, in Lagos .
Edgal, who led policemen of the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences Unit among other security agencies decried what he described as the rising cases of hard drugs usage among the youths.
He added that such hard drugs intake fueled crime , cultism, youth restiveness and other deviant behaviours.
He said, “You will recall that during my town hall meetings, I said that as long as I am the commissioner of police Lagos state command, we must rid our community of hard drugs, drug peddlers and take back our streets from these people. As such, I have instructed my officers to carry out a series of operations to recover hard drugs anywhere they are being sold and arrest those selling these drugs and prosecute them.
“In line with the court order, today we are openly burning the drugs siezed which have an estimated street value of over N50million.”
Speaking on the danger hard drugs pose in the society, Edgal said, “These drugs are very dangerous. Some of them are called Arizona, Knoch, and there is also another one called Codinne. More worrisome about codinne is that our youth can get it over the counter and in the pharmacy. I am using this opportunity to call on pharmacists and other professionals that drugs like codinne must not be dispensed without a doctor’s prescription.
“This clampdown on drugs will continue and the end result is that our youth should not have access to these hard drugs.There is a strong correlation between hard drugs and crime, deviant behaviour. We must take back our neighbourhood from drug peddlers.We must all join hands to take our neighbourhood back. We have over 56 suspects arrested at the Alaka area of the state. Some of them have been charged to court. We will not allow drugs to be sold on our streets anymore. “