By Albert Akpor
LAGOS â€” THE federal government warned yesterday in Lagos that it will no longer treate with kids gloves attacks on officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency by drug barons.
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the federation, Chief Michael K. Aondoakaa (SAN) gave this warning at the memorial parade held in honour of two officials of the anti drug agency, Messrs Loveday Tarikoro Kenneth and Abbati Ibrahim Barma who were ambushed sometimes in May 2009 and killed by persons suspected to be members of a deadly drug syndicate somewhere in Delta state.
The number one law officer of the country was represented by an Assistant Director, Ministry of Justice, Mr. Ateboh Charles.Â Chief Aondoakaa said the fact that drug barons could ambush and attack officials of government was a pointer to the fact that drug barons were hellbent in illicit business.
He however assured that threats of attacks andÂ death of officials on duty caused by these enemies of the society will not deter the fight against hard drug business in the country.
According to him,Â â€œThis memorial parade is a sad reminder of the viciousness and the mindlessness of the perpetrators of the heinous drug crimes that give Nigeria a bad image internationally and which seeks to bring us all to our knees.
They are directly telling us that theyÂ are not about to give up their illicit trade.
â€œIf anything, they are becoming more complex in their total disregard for the laws of the land and for human livesâ€.
Let us use this occasion to tell them that Nigeria is not a lawless country and the government is prepared to do everything to defend its integrity.Â Todayâ€™s event is also a call to action because this is one killing too many in one particular part of the country, which is the Ukwani community in Delta state.
This cycle of carnage must stop.Â Let us assure the perpetrators of this horrendous killing that the government will no longer tolerate this and will not relent in tis efforts to fish out the perpetrators and they will surely be brought to book no matter how long.â€