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Lagos to shut night clubs over drug abuse, firearms

CITIZENS COMPASS – THE Lagos State Safety Commission has activated a joint operation with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to clamp down on erring night clubs which encourage use of drugs in their facilities. 

The Commission said this is to banish the use of drugs and firearms across the state.

Lanre Mojola, the Director-General of the Commission, disclosed this on Sunday, July 30, 2023, during a meeting with night club owners/operators. 

At the meeting NDLEA officials and government Representatives. 

The state government, according to Mojola, has zero tolerance for the use of drugs and firearms at night clubs, and would not hesitate to activate the relevant laws against violators in any part of Lagos.

He decried the rampant use of hard drugs and firearms in night clubs in the state vowed to henceforth close down such clubs.

The DG also frowned at the presence of the underaged at night clubs in the state, warning that such was against the law.

“The purpose of this meeting is to address certain concerns that have come to our attention. We have concerns about the usage of drugs and the use of firearms and other safety issues that have become a major cause for concern”

“Another issue is the use of firearms in clubs. Last year, we had an incident with a superstar, on the use of firearms. We are also aware of a shooting incident that happened at a club recently. All these give us serious concerns. We need to tell ourselves the truth. There should be scanners that people must go through, that can detect firearms. What are your bouncers doing?

A superintendent of narcotics, Lagos State command, NDLEA, lamented that from his findings after undergoing a secret tour of some clubs in the State, drugs were being used in most night clubs.

He said in many night clubs, there were no signs to warn people against use of drugs, decrying that drugs were being used excessively.

“The drug dealers stick around the clubs, they stick outside the clubs and sell drugs. Some of those selling drugs are friends with the bouncers. We need the help of club owners, it is getting out of hand.

Following the meeting, officials of the safety commission and NDLEA will begin joint regular visits to night clubs in the state with a view of shutting down erring ones.


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