In collaboration with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the Kwara State administration has launched a statewide effort to eradicate narcotics and illegal substances from the state.
“Operation Gbailumo” is a unique initiative that started on Monday and will last for three weeks.
The operation will concentrate on a number of important areas, such as raiding well-known drug dens and hotspots, performing targeted patrols in high-risk locations, keeping an eye on illicit drug trafficking operations, and using community engagement initiatives to increase public awareness of the risks associated with drug misuse.
According to reports, the goal of the exercise is to safeguard the state from the entry of illegal substances and drug-related activities, especially in large towns and cities, during the Christmas and New Year holiday seasons.
During a press conference held at the NDLEA Kwara Command headquarters in Ilorin, Aileru Olamilekan Mikail, the Special Assistant to the Kwara Governor on Drug Abuse Prevention and Control, stated that the partnership is a component of the administration led by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s renewed efforts to uphold peace and security in the state.
He stated, “The holiday season is a time for joy and celebration, but regrettably, it is also a time when drug users and dealers tend to become more active.”
“We refuse to let drug traffickers or drug abusers utilize our state as a safe haven or breeding ground. For this reason, in collaboration with the NDLEA, we have given all the backing required to start this unique operation.
“To ensure the success of the operation, we implore the public to support the government and the security agents.”
Throughout the operation, Aileru asked state citizens and tourists to assist with law police. Additionally, he advised reporting any suspicious activity or information regarding drug usage or sales to the closest NDLEA office or security organization right away.
Mohammed Bashir, the NDLEA Commander for Kwara Command, praised the state government for its proactive stance and assistance to the agency. He vowed the command’s steadfast dedication to the operation’s success.
The Commander said, “We are ready to work tirelessly to ensure a peaceful and drug-free festive season for everyone. We have deployed a significant number of personnel across the state.”