Kano Gov Accuses NAFDAC, Police Personnel of Shielding Criminals
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has accused some Police and NAFDAC personnel in the state of conniving with, and protecting, criminals engaged in selling unwholesome products to the public.
Speaking during the destruction of cartoons of chewing gum and wholesome drugs worth N100 million at the premises of the state Command of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) recently, the governor lamented that despite being saddled with the responsibility of fighting the illegal trade, some officials of NAFDAC and the Police tried to shield the criminals and released the confiscated items.
“I was shocked that certain NAFDAC officials in the state came to me with the owner of the confiscated goods and were trying to evade the law and cunningly find a soft landing for the man,” said governor Ganduje, explaining that he had already taken up the matter with higher authorities as such people are unworthy of working in the state.
He also asked the state Police Command to closely watch its men and to ensure that its officers and men behaved in accordance with the ethics of their profession, as the government would not be deterred in its war against drug barons and those who sell unwholesome products.
“To us the fight against this trade and those involved in it is total, and we will make sure we protect our society, especially the youth and women, from this menace,” the governor asserted.
Governor Ganduje said the state government is alarmed by the extent of drug abuse in the state, urging community members to cooperate in tackling the menace by reporting drug barons and consumers to the authorities nearest to them.
He disclosed that a special task force would be constituted to address the menace of female drug abusers, pointing out that recently, about 150 married women involved in the harmful act were apprehended and would be sent to the Kiru Reformatory for rehabilitation.
On his part, the state NDLEA Commander, Hamza Umar, said the command has, independently and in collaboration with the state Task Force on Drugs and Unwholesome products, made significant seizures in the past few months, assuring that the agency would, with the support of the state government, continue to live up to its responsibilities.
Also speaking, the state representative of Pharmacists’ Council of Nigeria, Mr. Chiroma Samaila Sulaiman, said he had received various threats from the Police and other individuals, in order to release the confiscated items, but he refused, pointing out that his agency would steadfastly fight anything that would harm Nigerians.