Illicit Drugs: NDLEA Sues 2,100 Drug Barons – Marwa

Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Brigadier General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) says the agency has taken about 2,100 drug barons to court.
According to him, NDLEA has already secured the conviction of about 500 drugs barons.
Marwa said the arrests, charges and the convictions were made possible through the collective efforts of the officers and men of the agency who decided to go the extra mile.
“Today it is part of our records and collective credits that we are not only breaking down the high walls shielding drug cartels but also reining in drug barons,” he said.
The anti-narcotics boss in his remark during the presentation of awards to the best performing command of NDLEA for March/April 2021 as well as commendation letters to 45 outstanding officers and men of the agency at the agency headquarters in Abuja on Monday, 31st May 2021 said the magnitude of trafficking and abuse of illicit substances in Nigeria calls for a highly motivated workforce strongly committed to cleaning the Augean stable.
He explained that when he took over the agency in January, he made it a cardinal objective to find ways of motivating NDLEA personnel to go the extra mile required; that, he said informed the strategic decision, among others, to institute a bi-monthly assessment of Best Performing Command Award to motivate the officers and men in the agency.
Marwa said that they will not rest on their oars until Nigeria streets, communities, towns and cities have been cleaned up of any remnant of illicit drugs.
“While we keep up the offensive in the field, the leadership of the agency will daily continue to work out effective strategies and tactics to sustain the momentum.
“That is why we have strengthened our Directorate of Assets and Financial Investigations to go after all assets or funds linked to drug trafficking which had led to interim and final forfeiture orders on assets and funds worth billions of naira linked to drug traffickers and barons.
“Of significant interest is our current investigation of a N30 billion slush fund believed to be proceeds of drugs.”
He noted that any act or gesture that is an appreciation of their effort is a veritable morale booster for the anti-drug agency operative. Such a gesture he said will galvanise them to further dedicate themselves to the job.
Marwa added that the achievement of NDLEA so far is the sum total of the efforts of all the officers and men across the various commands in the 36 states and the FCT as well as the special commands.
“That is to say, the credit goes to every one of us here and in our various commands,” he said.
“We did not bring in a new set of operatives to implement our new action plan. We are still the same officers and men of the NDLEA. We are breaking these new grounds, because of our collective resolve and our rededication to service.
“Were it not for you, the achievements of the past four months wouldn’t have been possible. We wouldn’t have been able to arrest 2,175 drug traffickers, neither would the seizure of 2,050,766.33 kilograms of assorted illicit drugs have been possible if you had chosen to do just the minimal work across your various commands.”
He added that if the approach of the agency has been one of business as usual that they wouldn’t have been able to seize drugs and cash valued at over N90 billion in just four months.
“Think of what a fraction of that could have done to the various criminalities in Nigeria.
“So, every one of you, our officers and men, spread across the country made the achievements possible.”

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