The Minister of Interior, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola has urged all security agencies in Nigeria to undergo drug tests.
He recently revealed that this is important to make sure that only drug-free operatives are allowed to bear arms.
According to him, the NIS cannot afford to have anybody under the influence of drugs pose a threat to themselves and to innocent Nigerians.
He added that there should be no drug abuse in security agencies across Nigeria since it would be very dangerous to the common man.
His words, “And of course, an abuser of drugs can not be in full control of his or her senses.
“To that extent, he is capable of endangering the lives of the citizens besides the dangers that the abusers is already exposed to, by himself and for himself.
“The test begins with me initiative, is commendable and a welcome development that would help all our security agencies free from drug abuse.
“I therefore, recommend this initiative to all security agencies in Nigeria, all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and generally to the public.
“Let us all employers of labour outside government emulate the immigration service and embark on drug integrity test.
“When we all do this, we would have laid a gap of sensitisation and enforcement of the fact to have a drug free society which is compulsory for a sane order and a sane society.”
“We are here to ensure that officers represent Nigeria appropriately.
“This is necessary for personnel to be competent and ready for their services and that their personality profile fit the responsibility we assigned them.
“The drug integrity test is compulsory and a must and that is why everyone must undergo the test . The defender must not be defenseless.
“We support rehabilitation and thanks to our Partners, the NDLEA, who have assured us of their support towards rehabilitation of officers that test positive to drug and substance abuse.”