The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has lamented the devastating effect of drug and cultism in society, saying they are the twin causes of insecurity in the country.
The IG Adamu made the assertions at a stakeholders forum convened by the Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano with security heads and leaders of various communities in the state.
Adamu who was represented by the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of finance and administration, DIG Joseph Egbunike, charged his men to do all that they can to ensure that they nip drug abuse in the bud.
He said, “Drug and cultism are the greatest challenges we have in Nigeria today. When they take all these things (drugs), they do not know the value of life any longer. That is the problem we have, but it is the responsibility of everybody to ensure that this stops.
“If you leave drug to fester in your division, there are chances that you may be a victim of it. You must work to bring down the use of drugs in your areas. There must be synergy with NDLEA to ensure that this is brought down. You must work hard and let those who can change be changed.
“Security is everyone’s business. Don’t rest because if you sleep, what happened in Sokoto may start happening here. Certain things should not be allowed to happen in Anambra. Peace is the only vehicle for any development. There is no alternative to it.
“The IG has directed me to commend the enormous contributions of the governor to security agencies. All your efforts in peacebuilding and development are worthy of emulation. We ask you to keep strategizing and restrategizing because we will overcome someday.”
In his response, Governor Obiano charged leaders in various communities to bring their youths into leadership in a bid to curb the use of drugs.
“During the End SARS, the security people were demoralized, and could not even move around with their uniforms, but the youth stepped in to do their work. That is what we want it to be. Security is the duty of everyone, even though the government has the duty of security of lives and property.
“Bring the youth into the picture. In my town, it is the youth that made a law to stop the sale of drugs, and today there are no drugs in the town. The Youths are the people who know where they are sold and who the consumers are. We have to bring them into the picture,” Obiano said.
IGP, Adamu decries negative effect of drugs, cultism on society
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