By Praise Necherem
The Anambra NDLEA commander, Sule Momodu stated this during its 5th Annual Lecture series entitled, “Drug, Youths and Crime” delivered by NDLEA Assistant Director, Abuja office, Abdul Momodu. He said shielding drug offenders in the state rather than expose them would only increase cases of crimes and criminality in the state.
Momodu said the public should feel free to give information to NDLEA in order to clean the system of drugs and drug related crimes. He said, “When we are going for operation, because people know our vehicles, they will alert the drug dealers about our presence. We need to arrest the drug dealers and not to help them in the business.
“If you are in a party and discover that some people are abusing dangerous drugs, just let us know, we will be there, to find answers, not necessarily to arrest.
According to the NDLEA boss, to reduce the rate of crime and criminality in the state, there was need to fight drug abuse as majority of crimes were related to drug abuse. He added, “Most times, if the NDLEA men are in operation to any place, before they could reach their destination, people will alert drug dealers about NDLEA presence.
“The agency needs to arrest the dealers and help the users to be free from drugs.”
In his lecture, Abdul Momodu, regretted that drug abuse not only cause damage to the abusers and sellers, but extended to families, neighbours and the entire community. He argued that communities that lack social capital were likely to suffer more crime and violence.
He charged parents to give adequate attention to their children so they would avoid engaging in drug abuse, violent crimes and criminality in the society.
The governor of the state, Willie Obiano, represented by the Head of Service, Mr Harry Udu, commended the agency for its aggressive fight against illicit drugs in the state and pledged his continued support to the agency.