In a proactive move to curb drug abuse and ensure a safe festive season, the Kwara State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) officially launched Operation “Gbailumo.
The initiative aims to intensify efforts in the fight against illicit drugs and psychoactive substances during the holiday period.
Commandant Muhammad Ibrahim, while addressing officers during the launch, emphasized the significance of heightened commitment and dedication to duty.
He urged NDLEA officers to work tirelessly to maintain a drug-free environment in the state and ensure the safety of residents.
“Operation ‘Gbailumo’ is not just about enforcement; it’s a collective effort to safeguard our communities from the scourge of drug abuse. Our goal is to create an atmosphere of peace and security for all residents during the festive season,” stated Commandant Ibrahim.
SSA on Security Matters to the Kwara Governor, Muyideen Aliyu, commended the NDLEA for its relentless efforts in combating illicit drugs within the state.
He reiterated the governor’s commitment to providing a conducive environment for law enforcement agencies to carry out their duties effectively.
Aileru Mikhail Olamilekan, SA Drug Abuse and Control, expressed his approval of Operation “Gbailumo,” noting its timeliness and potential positive impact in the fight against illicit drugs.
He called on parents to play a vital role in cautioning their children against the use of illegal substances.
The launch was followed by an immediate deployment of over 100 NDLEA officers to conduct stop-and-search operations in various strategic locations across Kwara State.
Notable areas included Baboko, Taiwo, Offa Garage, Unity metropolis, and key entry and exit points such as Eyekorin and Okoolowo.
During a stop-and-search operation at Okoolowo Expressway, NDLEA operatives successfully intercepted packs of cannabis originating from Lagos.
The illicit substances were destined for delivery in Minna, the capital of Niger State. The suspect, traveling in a commercial vehicle of Niger State Transport Authority, was promptly apprehended and taken to the NDLEA Kwara Command for further investigations.
Deputy Commandant of NDLEA Kwara Command commended the vigilance and professionalism displayed by the officers during the operation.
He urged them to maintain a strict check to ensure that no illicit substances enter the streets not only during the festive season but beyond, reinforcing the commitment to a drug-free society in Kwara State.