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By Ekamma UBA, Senior staff writer
APPARENTLY poised to giving bite to his avowal to tackle all manner of crimes and criminality in Lagos State headlong, the Commissioner of Police Ag CP Imohimi Edgal went extra miles Tuesday, by destroying a large quantity of seized hard drugs which street value have been put at about N50m by fire. This is the first time a Commissioner of Police in the state would publicly destroy hard drugs by whatever means including fire without recourse to NDLEA which purview seizure, investigation, destruction of illicit drugs and of course, prosecution of drug offenders falls. But observers say the Lagos State Police helmsman’s present decision may not be unconnected with a recent past professional misconduct by some staff of the nation’s narcotic agency who Police allegedly handed over some arrested suspected drug dealers on Akala street Mushin sometime in June this year, but were released shortly afterward and the seized drugs including adulterated assorted dry gins and wines handed over to them after certain unspecified amount of money changed hands. A particular staunch member of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC who is currently on suspension for anti-party activities who has lived all his life in Mushin was named as go-between the NDLEA and the hard drug barons. Recall that about 38 suspects were on October 2, 2017 were arrested by the Police which carried out separate raids on criminal hideouts on Ikate, Itire and Mushin areas of Lagos on the orders of CP Edgal. However, in order to legalize his action of destroying the drugs, CrimeWorld weekly newspapers was told that CP Edgal had approached a Lagos High Court where he was given the nod to carry on with the destruction of the killer drugs even without the knowledge of NDLEA.
But before the drugs were set ablaze at the Lagos State Task Force dumpsite located on Ojota Lagos, a visibly agitated Edgal had told newsmen that his move stemmed out of the fact these hard drugs if not destroyed permanently might surreptitiously find their ways back into circulation adding that study had proved that hard drug intake has strong ties with crime. “You will recall during the town hall meetings I held, that I promise to rid Lagos of drug peddlers. This exercise is to clamp down on drug peddlers and also to assure members of the public that our youths have no access to hard drugs. Among the hard drugs to be destroyed is codeine which is supposed to cough syrup. Codeine can be gotten easily at any pharmacy which makes it worrisome. We hereby urge all pharmacists to sell the cough syrup only to those with doctor’s prescription,” he said.
Ag CP Edgal further informed that his parley with students’ union bodies in furtherance of his town hall meetings was not only to fight the menace of cultism on campuses but also to tackle the ills of hard drug peddlers and consumption.
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