By: Okosun Dennis
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Idowu Owohunwa on Tuesday flagged off a Walk against Drug Abuse, Cultism and Domestic Violence organized by the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP).
Represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations, DCP Bassey Ewah, the walks kicked off at the Lagos State Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja, with officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence agency and the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin in attendance.
Addressing participants and journalists, CP Owohunwa said it was a good thing to engage in advocacy, sensitization of Lagosians about the dangers of drug abuse, domestic violence and cultism.
He noted with enthusiasm that “With what you are doing, people will get wiser and make the right choices. You can imagine what a drunken driver can do under the influence of alcohol with what you are doing, we are half way there. We are solidly at your back,” he reiterated.
“This Command is ready to partner with you as far as fighting these societal problems are concerned and we would do that to bring this menace to its barest minimum.
“I am particularly very happy that my brothers from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), and other agencies are here. We laud your collaborations.”
Earlier, the President, National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP), Mr Samson Oki explained that the ‘Walks’ was necessitated to drive currency on the need to check drug uses and cultism especially by the youths, and Domestic Violence which are rife in some homes.
“The advocacy is necessary because of the peculiarities of our state. One of the challenges the security agencies have; especially the Nigerian Police each time they parade suspects, is the issue of cultism, domestic violence and drug abuse that are always at the forefront in terms of media reports.
“We are concerned about the future of our youths. We felt that we cannot continuously be at the side line reporting without contributing our quota to the war against drug abuse, cultism and domestic violence. We need to tackle this menace that has enten deep into some youths.
“Our ‘Walks’ is to support the Nigerian Police, NDLEA and other agencies involved in some of these crimes against humanity hence we are kick-starting this ‘Walks’ from the Headquarters, Lagos State Police Command and terminate it at the Lagos State House of Assembly” where a communique was submitted to the Speaker, Hon Mudasiru Obasa.
A representative of the NDLEA Commander, Lagos state, Deputy Commander of Narcotics, DCN Kazeem Makinde expressed joy seeing members of Fourth Estate of the Realm organized such a fantastic ‘walks’ to sensitize people on the dangers of drugs, cultism and refrain from domestic violence.
While pledging his unflinching support, said “Our doors are opened. We know the consequences of drug abuse ranging from physical, psychological and social effect.
“These banditry, cultism and terrorism are traceable to drug use because something is pushing them to misbehave. With collaboration with you, and what we are having with the Army, Police, we are going to fight this war together to the highest level and conquer,” DCN Makinde reiterated.
The carnival-like ‘Walks’ had officers of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence agency led by the Programme officer, Ms Ogunse Opemipo; FRSC; victims of domestic abuses, journalists and concerned individuals.
The ‘walks’ which lasted over three hours, covering over 5kms from the Police Command, High Court, LASUTH, Ikeja Under Bridge, Allen Avenue junction, eventually terminated at the Complex, Lagos State House of Assembly, Ikeja.