Chairman of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), retired Brigade-General Buba Marwa has said the agency seized drugs worth over N90 billion and arrested 2, 175 drug traffickers in four months.
Gen. Marwa revealed this on Monday in Abuja during a ceremony to present the best performing commands for March and April and presentation of commendation letters to outstanding officers and men.
He noted that the agency had used the past four months trying its best to implement various measures aimed at strengthening the capacity of its officers. He said that the agency in return had benefited and attained far-reaching results that left no room for any doubt about the efficacy of the strategies adopted.
The NDLEA’s chairman added that, the results, however, justified the agency’s efforts saying that the evidence was clear for everyone to see.
According to him, “we would not have been able to arrest 2,175 drug traffickers. And 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.
“If our approach has been one of business, as usual, we would not have been able to seize drug 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.
“The filing of about 2,100 drug cases in court with over 500 convictions was made possible by the collective efforts of our officers and men 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.
“So, every one of you, our officers and men, spread across the country made the achievements possible,” he said.
The NDLEA boss further assured the officers and men that the offensive action would not stop until the streets, communities, towns and cities have been cleaned up of any trace of illegal drugs.