‘Wrong Approach’ – Reactions As NDLEA Displays Tones Of Drugs Recovered In Lagos Island, Explains Reason For Raid – [Video]
Reactions have trailed micro-blogging platform, Twitter after the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) released a video showing tones of drugs discovered in Lagos Island on Saturday.
Naija News had reported earlier that one person was killed on Saturday morning after the drug control agency engaged some hoodlums in gunfire in Lagos Island.
The NDLEA officials are said to have stormed the Island to raid a camp of drug peddlers but were allegedly confronted by some thugs in the area.
A series of disturbing videos have since gone viral on social media showing some citizens in a pool of blood battling for life.
There has been outrage on and off social media as Nigerians lament the approach used by the NDLEA officers in carrying out their official duties.
See below a video released by the NDLEA officials as an update on their raid moments after the fierce gunfire.
The NDLEA has though explained in a terse response why its operatives stormed the Lagos Island area of Lagos State on Saturday.
The agency explained that its operatives stormed Lagos Island to arrest a female drug kingpin.
Although the agency did not disclose her name or details, it noted that she was arrested alongside five others with almost 6,000kg of drugs.
“A lot of fake narratives have been going on what happened at Petty area of Lagos Island earlier today. Please disregard them.
“Truth is our operatives went for the arrest of a major drug kingpin and we got her and 5 others with almost 6,000kg of drugs despite attacks on our men,” the agency Tweeted.
Some netizens, however, have expressed displeasure with the officials, condemning their treatment of ‘harmless’ civilians.
Some of them argued that the NDLEA officials were not professional in their dealings hence causing casualties during the raid.
Instead of getting praises for the recovery of the narcotics, the officials were slammed.
See some of the reactions below;
Always try to use a more civilian intelligence in your raid to avoid lose of lives. But we need a drug free society obviously. Fine tune your approach.
— J.A Olaoye (@JA_Olaoye) February 26, 2022
You can shoot in a populated area you can't do that with other powerful citizens. This is unfair. Doing a good job with a wrong approach
— oluwaseun (@olugbodeoluwas1) February 26, 2022
Job well done, kudos to you but there are different ways to get a good result like this without killing, that's why i said get a professional tactical team leader that will deliver with zero violence not touts in uniform. Sensible Nigerians want zero brutality and not killings.
— LOVE (@Ade_kay01) February 26, 2022
Kudos to y'all but excessive use of force leading to human rights abuses should be condemned
— Bilesanmi A. Quadri (@BAdetokunbo) February 26, 2022
Some netizens, however, defended the NDLEA officials suggesting that the hoodlums may have attacked the officials first.
What if the boys attacked first? You know Lagos Island boys won't easily let go.
— Lastcard (@Lastcard0812) February 26, 2022
One Engr Daniel condemned the rate of drug abuse in Lagos, advised citizens to say no to drug dealings.
The high rate of drugs in lagos is becoming alarming. Shun drugs today
— Engr Daniel Chukwu 𓃵 🇳🇬 (@Daniel__Chukwu) February 26, 2022
Another netizen believed the hoodlums approached the officials first, hence the reason for the gunfire.
He said: https://twitter.com/ladunde/status/1497571788221411331?s=19
— Iyalaya (@lollylarry1) February 26, 2022