By Sunday Oyinloye
Legal luminary and Life Member, Body of Benchers, Yusuf Olaolu Ali SAN has expressed his preparedness to mobilise his professional friends in support of the essential work being done by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) in the interest of socio-economic development of the country.
The legal icon who made the commitment Thursday, during a courtesy visit to the Chairman/Chief Executive of the Agency, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) in Abuja.
Ali who the Principal Partner of Ghalib Chambers, Ilorin and the founder and sole financier of the Yusuf Olaolu Ali Foundation said his decision to support NDLEA was borne out of his appreciation of the good works Marwa is leading his officers and men to do for the country as well as his conviction that overcoming Nigeria’s drug scourge is key to solving the security challenges facing the nation.
While commending Marwa for recalibrating NDLEA and making it an effective frontline Agency,the pioneer Chairman of the NBA Anti-corruption Commission expressed readiness to support the Agency either at personal or official levels to ensure the drug war is given priority that it deserves by his professional friends.
Yusuf Olaolu Ali is one of the most decorated lawyers in the history of Nigeria. He has over 100 awards presented to him at home and abroad.
He is a member, Nigerian Bar Association, International Bar Association, American Bar Association, Commonwealth Lawyers Association; among others.
In his response, Marwa thanked him for the visit. He said whatever has been achieved in NDLEA has been largely due to the support and commitment of the officers and men of the Agency. He said the Agency would hold further talks with the legal luminary on areas of assistance especially in the prosecution of some high profile cases in court.
The NDLEA boss seized the opportunity to decorate the SAN as a War Against Drug Abuse, WADA Special Ambassador.