Illegal drugs worth over N400,000,000 were yesterday destroyed by operatives of the Lagos State Police Command at Elegbe Ikorodu, dumpsite, Lagos.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohim led other government agencies to the site where the destruction exercise was carried out.
According to the CP, the estimated street value of the drugs is over N400 Million.
The Police boss who addressed reporters at the dumping site said the psychotic substances comprising Cocaine, Tramadol, Indian Hemp etc had taken spaces in the police exhibit room hence the reason why he approached the Court for permission to destroy the drugs which the court granted.
He said: “We are here today to witness the burning of psychotic substances valued over 400million which has been recovered by the police in the cause of raids of criminal hideouts and other sources based on intelligent. And you will recall that when I took over office, as the commissioner of police of this state, I stated clearly that I would fight crime through different forms. “
“Those of us that are student of police science we know that there is a nexus between drugs and crime and perhaps the two strongest elements for commitment of crime and causes harm. That is why I have taken a very serious measure against fighting hard drugs, sales in the city. “
“I have been receiving a lot of assistance, I went into partnerships with other security agencies who are well represented here today most importantly the state government headed by the commissioner and the synergy has paid off.”
“Between January and now, we have been able to recover in the cause of activities the following drugs: Indian hemp, cocaine, codeine, tramadol and other hard drugs. With the total value of over 400million.
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“Since our stores are filled we went to court who gave us permission to destroy the drugs and that is why we are doing this so that our children would not be able to get drugs so easily as if they buy candy and bottles of coca cola in the market. We must do everything we can to save our youths because these drugs are destructive.”
“I want to thank Lagosians for the assistance they have given me; I have received tremendous assistance which led to what you have seen here, Edgal said.
In attendance at the public burning of drug exhibits seized from criminals in the past year were officials of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority who was represented by Mrs Hauwa Momoh-Ajibola, the controller Landfill/TLS, LASEMA, LASAMBUS, representatives of the Nigerian Army 81 Brigade, Fire Service, NSCDC among others.