Nigeria: Aregbeshola Seeks Drug Test For Security Operatives

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Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbeshola has called on all security agencies in Nigeria to undergo drug tests to ensure only drug-free operatives bear arms.

Aregbeshola made the call during the flag-off ceremony of substance abuse test tagged, The test begins with me by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) on Thursday in Abuja.

He said the test was important as NIS was an arm bearing agency that cannot afford to have anybody under the influence of drugs constituting dangers to themselves and to the public. 

According to him, there should be zero drug abuse in all security agencies as nothing could be more dangerous than to have an addict and a substance abuser holding gun.

Aregbeshola said that the essence of the flag-off was to ensure that all security agencies should be able to beat their chests and tell the whole world that the agencies have drug free operatives in the service. 

The Minister called on Comptrollers of immigration across the country to ensure that the drug tests are carried out efficiently, effectively and properly.

The Comptroller General, NIS, Mr Muhammad Babandede noted that the service would henceforth, subject the cadet officers and recruits to substance abuse tests before they conclude the recruitment process and sent for basic training. 

Babandede added that anyone who tested positive during recruitment would immediately be dropped, adding that anyone that is a drug abuser would not be taken into the service.

He said the test was important as NIS was an arm bearing agency that cannot afford to have anybody under the influence of drugs constituting dangers to themselves and to the public. 

According to him, there should be zero drug abuse in all security agencies as nothing could be more dangerous than to have an addict and a substance abuser holding gun.

Aregbeshola said that the essence of the flag-off was to ensure that all security agencies should be able to beat their chests and tell the whole world that the agencies have drug free operatives in the service. 

The Minister called on Comptrollers of immigration across the country to ensure that the drug tests are carried out efficiently, effectively and properly.

The Comptroller General, NIS, Mr Muhammad Babandede noted that the service would henceforth, subject the cadet officers and recruits to substance abuse tests before they conclude the recruitment process and sent for basic training. 

Babandede added that anyone who tested positive during recruitment would immediately be dropped, adding that anyone that is a drug abuser would not be taken into the service.

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