The Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola has called on security agencies to make their officers undergo drug tests to ensure only drug-free operatives bear arms.
Aregbesola made the call on Thursday in Abuja.
The occasion was the flag-off ceremony of substance abuse test tagged, “The test begins with me” organised by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).
The minister said, “An abuser of drugs cannot be in full control of his or her senses,| he said. “To that extent, he is capable of endangering the lives of the citizens besides the dangers that the abuser is already exposed to, by himself and for himself.
“The test begins with me initiative, is commendable and a welcome development that would help free all our security agencies 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.”