NDLEA To Ban Alcohol, Illicit Drugs At Ogun Motor Parks
This may not be a good story for public transport operators and union members.
They spend most of their time at the park and sometimes, get spiked with all sort of alcohol drinks and illicit drugs.
Since the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has expressed concerns over the increase in the number of drug production, usage and trafficking in Ogun State, action may soon be taken to end the trend.
The agency blames the development on shortage of manpower and operational equipment as well as members of the public alerting the drug lords of the NDLEA's movement.
The State commander of the agency, Bala Fagge, who made this know at a news conference to commemorate the 2018 United Nation anti-drug day, in Abeokuta, says 60 to 70 per cent of crimes were committed under the influence of drugs.
According to Fagge, the state command of the agency has only two operational vehicles instead of eight to carry out raids simultaneously.
The commander, however, accused some members of the communities of shielding drug suspects or preventing the NDLEA officials from arresting them.
According to the agency, 70 drug suspects, including 60 males and 10 females have been arrested, from January to June 2018, with 19 of them convicted during the period under review.
Meanwhile, the Ogun state government says it is drafting a bill to criminalize selling of alcohol and illicit drugs at the motor parks across the state.
Health commissioner, doctor Babatunde Ipaye says the bill will soon be sent to the state assembly for consideration.
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