NDLEA Seized Over 2m Kg Illicit Drugs, Arrested 2,180 Traffickers, Convicts Over 500 – Marwa

Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Brigadier General Mohamed Buba Marwa has said that the agency in 5 months under his watch has seized over 2 million kilogrammes illicit drugs, arrested 2,180 drug traffickers, arraign 2,100 in court and have secured conviction of over 500.
The NDLEA boss made this startling revelation during a press briefing while unveiling a week long programme of activities to commemorate the United Nation (UN) International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Drug Trafficking at the Kano Hall of Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja on Monday 21st June, 2021.
“Expectedly, NDLEA painstaking and strategic operational efforts have translated into encouraging results. The agency’s offensive action against drug cartels across the country launched some five months ago, has yielded over 2,180 arrests of drug traffickers and the seizure of over 2 million kilograms of assorted illicit drugs. We have filed at least 2,100 drug cases in court, recording over 500 convictions with 1,549 cases pending in court,” he said.
Marwa added “Since my assumption of office as Chairman/CEO in January this year, we set machinery in motion to reposition the Agency. I am glad to report to you today that after five months, we are making a definite headway in repositioning the NDLEA for efficiency and effectiveness.
“We have succeeded in boosting the morale and confidence of officers and men of the NDLEA through practical steps taken to address welfare and career stagnation issues. To this end, we instituted, among other measures, a bi-monthly assessment and cash-backed award for Best Performing Commands to motivate officers and men on the field.
“Recently, the agency promoted 3,506 officers who have been stagnated in the past years, some for upward of 10, 15 and even 20 years on one rank. One person actually stayed 21 years on one rank,” NDLEA boss said.
Marwa said if we must end youth radicalisation, violent extremism, cultism, banditry, wanton kidnapping, insurgency and the like, drug abuse and trafficking must be dealt a decisive blow, adding that to win the drug war, NDLEA must synergize with other law enforcement and sister agencies and stakeholders for maximum impact.
The NDLEA boss thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his continued support and demonstration of strong political will to address issues of drug abuse in the country, and his full recognition that drug abuse has a direct link to insecurity.
He said “We in the NDLEA will continue to execute his mandate to fight against the menace of drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking.”
The NDLEA chairman added “Abuse of narcotics has incapacitated the workforce of organisations and ruined communities and societies. It has brought about family disintegration, decimated the capacities of our youths and given rise to all types of crimes such as insurgency, terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, rape and violent extremism which have befallen nations including our dear country Nigeria with attendant health consequences on the users.”
He said the dynamism of the drug problem has made it imperative for NDLEA to continue to deepen its knowledge and understanding of this deleterious conundrum.
“In this regard, sharing facts about drug abuse and illicit trafficking in narcotics, as captured by this year’s theme, will go a long way in shedding some light on hitherto hidden factors that aid predisposition to substance abuse, especially the question of new psychoactive substances,” the NDLEA boss noted.
Marwa added “Drug abuse as an enabler of all forms of criminality is a hydra-headed monster that must be crushed if we must move forward as a nation. The solution lies in having hyper-efficient anti-drug machinery, which is what the NDLEA stands for.”

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