The new Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mohammed Buba Marwa, stated on Monday the agency would so propose compulsory drug tests for government appointees, security agents, students of tertiary institutions and National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members, among others.
Marwa, who said this during a meeting with NDLEA commanders across the 36 states and special commands at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja, stated the agency would go all out against unlawful drug users within the nation.
He ordered the state commanders of the NDLEA to mop up illicit drugs across the nation.
Marwa stated: “Our maxim will be offensive action. This implies we should go all out always on the offensive against the bad guys.
“The success we make of this particular task goes a long way to decide the socio-economic stability of the nation. We need not be instructed of the nexus between drug use, crime, and criminalities.
“The exponential growth of the nefarious drug activities could be directly linked to the upsurge in crimes such as insurgency, terrorism, kidnapping, cultism, political thuggery, gangsterism, rape, and other maladaptation bedevilling today’s Nigeria.
“We (NDLEA) would soon propose to the government the necessity for drug tests for all tertiary institutions’ students, NYSC members, new workers, all security agencies’ new recruits and random tests for government appointees.”