NDLEA arrests 50,901 drug offenders in 3 years

NDLEA Chairman, retired Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Marwa
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By Moses Omorogieva

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said on Monday it arrested 50,901 drug offenders, including 46 drug barons in the last three years.

NDLEA Chairman, retired Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Marwa, said this in Lagos, noting that the Agency also secured the conviction of 9,034 offenders during the period under review.

Speaking at the inauguration of an operational facility for crime investigation built for the NDLEA by UK Government, Marwa said the agency also seized more than 7,561 tonnes of illicit substances during the period.

He assured that the agency had taken decisive action against the cultivation of illicit drugs with its search-and-destroy campaign on Indian hemp plantations.

The campaign, he noted, had led to the destruction of more than one million hectares of such plantations in the last three years.

Marwa commended the British government for its generous support for the NDLEA, stressing that the facility would boost the agency’s capability to tackle substance abuse and illicit drug trafficking.

“I must express our deepest gratitude to the British government for its unwavering commitment and invaluable contributions to our cause.

“This building complex stands not only as a physical structure, but as a symbol of the enduring partnership between our two nations in the global fight against drug trafficking.

“It represents the culmination of years of cooperation, mutual trust, and shared determination to combat one of the most pressing threats to our societies.

“The significance of this project cannot be overstated. It will serve as a vital hub for data analysis and strategic planning in our efforts to disrupt drug trafficking networks and apprehend those culpable,” he said.

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The chairman called on the UK government to continue to partner with the NDLEA to disrupt crime networks, intercept illegal drugs, and bring those who seek to profit from illicit drug trade to justice.

Speaking at the ceremony, the British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Jonny Baxter assured of continued support for NDLEA and for Nigeria.

He said the United Kingdom was delighted to have a long-standing relationship with the NDLEA.

“We are delighted to continue our support for the NDLEA and for the Nigerian government to tackle what is sadly a global industry, which needs a global response.

“I join the chairman in affirming our continued support; our continued cooperation and indeed our continued pride in working together with ladies and gentlemen of this agency, the NDLEA,” Baxter said. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Edited by Alli Hakeem

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