Kano State, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has accused Police and officials of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in the state of conniving with and protecting criminals engaged in selling unwholesome products to the public.
He spoke at the destruction of cartoons of chewing gum and wholesome drugs worth N100 million, at the premises of the state Command of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency(NDLEA).
The governor noted that despite the being saddled with the responsibility of fighting the illegal trade, some officials of NAFDAC and the Police tried to shield the criminals and release the confiscated items.
According to him, “I was shocked that certain NAFDAC officials in the state came to me with the owner of the confiscated goods and were trying to evade the law and cunningly find a soft landing for the man”, said governor Ganduje, explaining that he has already taken up the matter with higher authorities as such people are unworthy of working in the state.
He directed the state Police Command to closely watch its men and also to ensure that its officers and men behaved in accordance with the ethics of their profession, adding that government would not be deterred in its war against drug barons and those who sale unwholesome products.
In his words, “To us the fight against this trade and those involved in it is total and we will make sure we protect our society, especially the youth, and women, from this menace.”
Ganduje stated that the state government was alarmed by the extent of drug abuse in the state, appealing to community members to cooperate in tackling the menace by reporting drug barons and consumers to the authorities nearest to them.
He disclosed that a special task force would be constituted to address the menace of female drug abusers, pointing out the recently, about 150 married women involved in the harmful act were apprehended and would be sent to the Kiru Reformatory for rehabilitation.