The Chairman/CEO of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig-Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (rtd) has declared that there can not be an end to insecurity without an end to illicit drugs.
The NDLEA boss made this declaration during his visit to the 81 Division of the Nigerian Army in Lagos, yesterday.
Marwa who visited the Army division with the directors of the agency solicited military support in the fight against illicit drugs.
He stated that
” drug abuse and crime are interwoven and inseparable so, there is a need for serious collaboration among all the security personnel “.
Marwa said the fight against illicit drugs must be a joint effort between the agency and the military because of the role drugs play in the insecurity of the country.
“Whenever a camp of terrorists is raided, there must always be a leftover of drugs, and the one arrested after two days in detention, will be showing symptoms of drug addiction.
” So when we cut off the supply of illicit drugs, we are also cutting off the strength of insurgency and other criminality. Insurgency in the Northeast, bandits in Northwest, and all these criminal terrorizing us, all of them use drugs to get high, to get confidence to be ruthless.
“The use of drugs by these criminals such as bandits and the rest need to be cut off”.
Marwa who earlier visited some of the commands within the state charged his officers to be more dedicated and committed to the course of getting rid of the free flow of hard drugs in the country.
Marwa applauded the officers for the achievement recorded so far within the short period he assumed office as chairman of the agency, stating that reward for hard work is more work.
Maraw said with the statistics on the ground, he was highly impressed with the officers, disclosing that for the whole year in 2019, MMIA Command only recovered 34. 109 kg of cocaine and 21.72 kg of heroin but with less than three months in the year 2021 the command has recovered 63. 217 kg of cocaine and 950 kg heroin.
He charges the officers to be up and doing and not to relent despite the challenges.
Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Command was awarded the outstanding command for the month of January and February.
The command was given a plaque and cash gifts to motivate the officers.