By Dayo Johnson
THE Federal Government has expressed concern over attack on officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) by drug barons across the country while fighting war against drug trafficking.
Government position was made known by the chairman of the committee set up by the National Security Adviser, Mr Baba Hussein to find lasting solutions to drug problems (Indian hemp) in the south-south and south west parts of the country.
According to him, many officials of the NDLEA had lost their lives in the war against the unpatriotic act, disclosing that the criminals are not from the state but they connive with greedy and unpatriotic indigenes of the state to carry out the illegal business.
He added that most of the barons now perpetrate the evil act with the use of sophisticated weapons, resulting in injuries and death of officers and men of the NDLEA.
He assured that the state commander of the Agency has been mandated to use everything within his reach to clean the state of the illegal act, adding that â€œwhatever resources given to him must be used to save this state from the disgruntled elementsâ€.
Responding Ondo State governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko read the riot act to drug barons and their cohorts to steer clear of the state, stressing that his administration would make anybody caught engaged in the illicit act to face the wrath of the law.
Dr Mimiko, who commended the initiative called for a concerted effort among the state and local governments, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the host communities in a tripartite alliance to wage war against the act.
The state chief executive, who promised to put up a team, comprising the officials of the NDLEA, the state government and the Akure north local government, with a view to addressing the problem said â€œI share your vision, you can count on our support, the NDLEA director will sit down with us, including the interim administration of the local government so that right from the community, we shall start tackling the problemâ€
The governor, while appreciating the passion of the chairman and members of the committee to rid our society of the illegal and risky business said â€œyour passion has made me a bigger convert in this struggle, I want to assure you that whatever it takes to tackle this problem before it becomes a monster, whatever we have to do we will doâ€.