Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mohammed Buba Marwa, has charged men and officers of the agency to intensify the fight against drug abuse and trafficking to rid the country of hard drugs.
The NDLEA boss, who gave the charge when he visited the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Command and the Lagos State Command alongside other directors of the agency to boost their moral, declared that “the renewed war against drug trafficking is a fight to finish”.
He urged the officers not to relent in their efforts while commending them for the achievements recorded within the short period he assumed office as chairman of the agency noting that the MMIA Command only recovered 34. 109 kg of cocaine and 21.72 kg of heroine seizure in the whole of 2019 whereas in less than three months in year 2021, the command had seized 63. 217 kg of cocaine and 950 kg heroine.
The NDLEA boss said on his assumption of office, he had a meeting with all top commanders where he promised to reward any command with the most outstanding performance bi-monthly, adding that based on his promise, the MMIA Command merited the award. He thereafter presented the Commander, Ahmadu Garba with a plaque and a cash gift.
Chairman/Chief Executive NDLEA, Mohammed Buba Marwa
The NDLEA boss noted that he was aware of all the challenges confronting the officers in the course of performing their duties and promised to resolve them promptly. In his words: “I am aware of what is going on here, both operationally and administratively, and I must congratulate this command for your tenacity, efforts and aggressiveness, you cannot win this war against drugs by sitting down, we must go on the offensive on a daily basis, we should take the war personal because we are Nigerians.”
Marwa later visited Lagos State Command of the agency where he also reiterated his commitment to the welfare of men and officers and also met civil society stakeholders where he called for their partnership. He thereafter led his team on a visit to the 81 Division of the Nigerian Army where he sought the support of the military for the NDLEA in its operations.