By Tola Gbadamosi
In recognition of his efforts to nip drug abuse and its illegal cultivation in the bud, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has honoured the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu as its Grand Patron.
Also honoured was the State Commander of Amotekun Corps Akogun Adetunji Adeleye who was decorated as Patron of the Agency.
National Chairman NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa who was represented by the Agency’s Zonal Commander on Narcotics, Zone J, Parah Julius Bawa, bestowed the awards on the duo and commended them for championing the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA).
He stressed the need to address drug abuse before insecurity could be defeated.
According to Marwa, “before the country can successfully tame insecurity, drug is a number one factor that should be properly addressed, as bandits carry out their dastard acts under the influence of drugs.
“This is one of the reasons we created 14 Zones across the nation and made Ondo State a Zonal Command Headquarters which comprises of Ondo and Ekiti States.
“As a worthy partner in the fight against drug abuse, we will continue to support the state and the zone.
“We hope to get the necessary support needed to stop abuse of drugs. We believe it will also help us in doing our own best,” he said.
The NDLEA boss, expressed happiness over cordial relationship and synergy between the NDLEA and the State government.
He added that the agency was looking forward for further collaboration with the Amotekun Corps in tackling drug war and ensure that barons activities were checkmated.
Responding on behalf of the State Governor, Akogun Adeleye thanked the agency for the honour.
He described drug abuse as a war that must be won, assuring that the state will collaborate with Zone J towards ensuring that WADA was achievable.
“Drug is a major catalyst for criminal activities in the state. Ninety five percent of criminals we arrested were on drug.