The new Chairman/CEO of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (retd) has officially resumed in Abuja
While speaking after taking charge of the anti-drug unit, he issued a very strict warnings to all drug barons saying that there will no longer save haven for them anymore.
In the meeting with top officials of the agency, the former Lagos State military Governor said that the country would take hard stance against drug trafficking.
He said: “I would like to warn those who engage in the dastardly trade of importation, export, cultivation, processing, manufacture, trafficking, sale, and consumption of illicit substances to stop forthwith or be prepared to contend with the NDLEA. The NDLEA will safeguard the nation and our youths from the drug menace. That is a task that must be done”.
Marwa said, “It is the task of NDLEA to stop all this unacceptable nonsense of drug abuse in Nigeria. Together, by the grace of God, we will resuscitate and reposition NDLEA to full active life, to be effective, respected and feared by the concerned criminals. Nigeria is the only country we have; we cannot fold our arms. We can, will, and must eliminate the drug scourge.”
He added that as the key agency fighting drug addiction in Nigeria, “you are all too familiar with the extent of devastation that drug use has caused our nation. Drug use has eaten very deep into our social fabric as every community in Nigeria is affected.
“It needs repeating that the number of drug users in Nigeria now of all ages must be well over 15 million. If we extrapolate the figures of the recent UNODC survey of 2018 where 14.3 million Nigerians between the ages of 15-64 were found to be drug users, at that time nearly 3 times the global prevalence.”
Marwa decried the situation whereby about 15 million Nigerians have are now addicted to drugs, vowing thst NDLEA will be overhauled and expanded in line with the PACEDA recommendations, existing financial contraints, and the authorisation of the appropriate superior authorities
“We will put equal efforts in drug demand reduction as contained in the NDLEA act. We will develop a strategy of work to meet our objectives, following the National Drug Control Masterplan 2021-2025 to be released soon, as our roadmap”, he added.
He assured the staff of the agency that their welfare will be a too priority during his time.