In four months, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency intercepted drugs worth over N90 billion and arrested 2,175 drug traffickers, according to its chairman, retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa.
Marwa made the announcement during a ceremony in Abuja on Monday to honor the best-performing commands in March and April and to deliver commendation letters to exceptional officers and men.
Marwa stated that the agency had spent the previous four months putting in place a variety of measures aimed at repositioning the agency, with a focus on bolstering the capability of its officers.
He said that in exchange, the agency had reaped high-impact, far-reaching outcomes that dispelled any doubts about the effectiveness of the program.
“If we had taken a business-as-usual approach, we would not have been able to seize nearly N90 billion in drugs and cash in just four months. Consider what a fraction of it could have done for Nigeria’s many criminalities. A total of 2,100 drug cases have been filed in court.
The head of the NDLEA promised the officers and men that the agency would not be complacent.
He went on to say that the offensive action will continue until all illicit narcotics were removed from the streets, communities, villages, and cities.
Marwa stated that the agency will maintain its offensive in the field, stating that the agency’s leadership will continue to work out successful methods and tactics on a daily basis in order to maintain the momentum.
“That is why we have enhanced our Directorate of Assets and Financial Investigations to pursue all assets or funds linked to drug trafficking, which has resulted in interim and final forfeiture orders on assets and monies worth billions of naira linked to drug trafficking,” he said.