The State Commander of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Osun State, Mr. Chidi Nnodi, has expressed the willingness of the Agency to partner with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in the anti-corruption campaign by intensifying more efforts towards curbing corruption in drug related matters.
The State Commander made the statement while receiving the Resident Anti-Corruption Commissioner (RACC) of ICPC Osun State office, Mr. Demola Bakare, fsi and his team during a courtesy visit to the state command.
He explained that corrupt persons were behind the high use of illegal drugs and substances by youths in the society and his agency was willing to work with ICPC to curb the demand for and tracking of narcotics drugs and psychotropic substances, recovery of ill gotten wealth acquired from proceeds of illicit drugs trade and so on.
Earlier in his address, Mr. Bakare stated that the reason for the visit was to improve the collaboration between the two organisations at the state level and to also enhance the cordial relationship between the agencies.
He explained that NDLEA and ICPC have a common goal of fighting crime and corruption by ensuring that public officials who embezzle public funds and use such to promote trade in narcotics and other banned drugs who are discovered during investigation by ICPC can be reported to NDLEA.
Furthermore, he said that ICPC was not just a law enforcement agency, but also change agent that sensitize the society through various platforms as it focuses more on Behavioral Change and corruption prevention.
He urged the NDLEA officers to be persons of integrity and have zero tolerance for corruption.