In just five months, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) stated it had detained 2,180 drug traffickers and collected more than two million kg of various illicit narcotics.
This was revealed by the Chairman of the NDLEA, retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa, while speaking to journalists in Abuja on Monday to commemorate the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
According to the Nigerian News Agency (NAN), World Drug Day is observed on June 26 each year to promote action and cooperation toward the goal of a world free of drug misuse. The agency’s offensive activity against drug cartels across the country, which began five months ago, has achieved favorable results, according to Marwa.
We have filed at least 2,100 drug cases in court, with over 500 convictions and 1,549 cases pending, according to him. “These findings have provided significant insight into the scope of the drug epidemic. There is a lot of work ahead of us. Without the cooperation of citizens, the NDLEA will not be able to win the drug fight.
We will need everyone’s help. We all owe it to Nigeria to ensure that drug misuse and trafficking do not flourish here,” he stated.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s strong political determination to address the country’s drug misuse issues was lauded by the NDLEA chairman. Marwa reaffirmed his commitment to carrying out his responsibility to combat the threat of drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking.
He praised the help of other sister agencies, stakeholders, foreign partners, and the media, emphasizing that the drug battle must be won. “Our triumph is inevitable with your help,” he continued.
Drug misuse and trafficking, according to Marwa, must be dealt a severe blow to halt young radicalisation, violent extremism, cultism, banditry, wanton kidnapping, insurgency, and the likes.
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