Brigadier-General Buba Marwa (Rtd.), Chairman of NDLEA

How NDLEA seizes illicit drugs worth N60bn in Nigeria ─Chairman

*Insurgence, kidnapping and banditry are peculiar to some certain parts of Nigeria, but drug abuse is universal, says Brigadier-General Buba Marwa (Rtd.), Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In stressing the alarming rate of drug abuse and trafficking and attendant adverse socio-economic impacts in Nigeria, Brigadier-General Buba Marwa (Rtd.), Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has revealed that the regulatory agency had confiscated illegal hard drugs worth over N60 billion in the last two months.

The Chairman disclosed this development Thursday, March 18, in Ado-Ekiti, at a colloquium tagged: “Walk Away from Drugs,” organised by the Ekiti State Ministry of Justice.

It was gathered Marwa described the menace of drug abuse as the most worrisome development in the country.

He stated: “Insurgence, kidnapping and banditry are peculiar to some certain parts of the country, but drug abuse is universal. It has no boundary and no respect for ethnicity or religion.

“The menace is worrisome. Within the last two months, more than N60 billion worth of illicit drugs have been seized and perpetrators arrested and prosecuted.

“If access to drugs is prevented, criminality can be reduced by 50 per cent in the country.”

The NDLEA Chairman, therefore, urged Nigerians for a intensive campaign against the use of illicit drugs among the citizenry.

Parents should henceforth include drug certificate as parts of the criteria to give their daughters and sons hands in marriage, he said.

Earlier in his address on the occasion, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State, restated the commitment of his administration to reducing drug abuse in the state.

Fayemi, represented by Mr. Bisi Egbeyemi, Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, urged participants to take the deliberation seriously and come out with implementable plans to rid the society of the menace.

Mr. Wale Fapounda, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, said that the state organised the programme because of the alarming cases of criminality being perpetrated because of the use of hard drugs.

“In most cases, when we are prosecuting offenders through the ministry, investigation would later reveal that the perpetrators committed the offence under the influence of hard drugs.

“That makes it expedient for all of us to rise against illicit drugs,” Fapounda stated.

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