Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Saturday stormed Lagos Island.
This is coming days after the arrest of fast-rising singers, Oniyide Azeez popularly known as Zinoleesky, and Ilerioluwa Oladimeji also known as Mohbad, by the agency.
There was pandemonium on Saturday morning when operatives of the agency stormed areas including Patey, Dumare, Tapa, Freeman and its environs.
According to The Nation, operatives of the anti-drug agency, acting on reliable intelligence, stormed the areas notorious for all manner of drug use.
In the several videos shared on Twitter, many residents scampered for safety.
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In one of the videos seen there were sporadic shootings as suspected hoodlums engaged the operatives, also noted was a body being moved by residents.
According to another source, the NDLEA Officials shot sporadically directly at Angry Mammoth youths who stood their Ground and resisted them from carrying out their Operation at Lagos Island.
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The number of causalities is yet to be known as of the time of filing this report.
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“NDLEA is on Lagos Island at moment and they’re having a serious disagreement with the citizens there, 3-5people are reported de•d already by gunsh0ts.NDLEA officers are using sophisticated ammunitions against people running with stones”, tweeted Oyindamola🙄 (@dammiedammie35)
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During the heat of the arrest of Zinoleesky and MohBad, fast rising Nigerian singer, Portable has challenged the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA over the use of drugs.
Portable in a video posted on Instagram, questioned the NDLEA operatives for invading private residences in search of drugs.
He warned that anyone that tries it with him ‘will collect’
”Should we not smoke weed in our house again? Are you the ones that built our house or bought land for us? What is it?
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“Everybody should mind their business oh! If you near my side, you go collect!
“I should not smoke weed in my father’s house? We would beat ourselves to death,” he said.
This may have triggered the NDLEA to simply do their job, but the resistance from the resident boys – ”collect.”
Recently, a comedian, De General, was arrested and convicted of drug trafficking by a Federal High Court in Lagos alongside Caleb William, for unlawfully possessing 15g of cannabis and 14g of tramadol in Lagos State.
On Thursday morning, NDLEA operatives in Lagos invaded singers Zinoleesky and Mohbad’s residence and arrested them for being in possession of cannabis and Molly.
In January 2022, the NDLEA and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps have agreed to strengthen the existing partnership and synergy between them to curb drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking in the country.
This was contained in a statement by Femi Babafemi, Director, Media and Advocacy of the NDLEA.
According to Babafemi, the resolve to renew the partnership followed a visit by the Commandant General of the NSCDC, Ahmed Abubakar Audi, to Chairman of NDLEA, Mohammed Marwa, at the anti-drug agency’s headquarters in Abuja on Thursday.
The NSCDC boss said he visited to seek synergy and collaboration between the two agencies.
Marwa was quoted as saying, “We’ll like to bring the problem of drug abuse under control as quickly as possible because of its effects on public health and national security.
“As such, we’ll like to call for a renewed partnership with the NSCDC so that together we can bring criminalities under control in communities and the country at large.
“With your visible physical presence in the grassroots, we’ll work with you in our drug demand and drug supply control efforts.”
Also, the leadership of the Global Peace Advocacy and Empowerment Initiative led by Ambassador Sadiq Badamasi Ibrahim paid a visit to Marwa during which they sought partnership with NDLEA on anti-drug advocacy campaigns across the country.
Drugs, is also one of the reasons DCP Abba Kyari is in NDLEA custody.