Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has directed security agencies to carry out systematic raids in identified locations where vendors of hard and other illicit drugs operate in Sagamu and its environs as part of efforts to curb cultism and related crimes in the state.
The governor gave the directive during a courtesy visit by the new State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), David Idowu Ojelabi, and that of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Ibiba Jane Odili.
Abiodun expressed his displeasure over the activities of cultists in the local government area, attributing their behaviour to the influence of hard drugs. He noted that cultism is a major challenge in the state, and his administration is ready to deal with those involved.
Abiodun called on security agencies to rid the entire Sagamu of drugs peddlers, sellers, and drug abusers to restore peace and confidence to the citizens.
He also emphasized the need to adequately police the state to ensure that people go about their legitimate businesses without being attacked.
The governor commended the state’s security chiefs for their collaboration with the state government and other security agencies, which had helped address security challenges in the state.
Commandant Ojelabi promised to work with the governor and other security chiefs for a crime-free society, calling on the state government to support him to achieve his objective.
Commandant Odili of the NDLEA commended the state government for its developmental strides in the last four years and pledged to complement the work of her predecessor in ridding the state of illicit drugs.
The governor also disclosed that his administration would soon launch drones to tackle insecurity by locating hoodlums wherever they are hiding along the highways.