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NDLEA Has Seized Drugs Worth N120bn In 2021 – Marwa



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National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Chairman Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd), said that the agency has intercepted 2.3 million kilograms of illicit drugs worth a staggering N120 billion in the last 10 months.

Marwa made the disclosure in a meeting with Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong, where he also said that the agency had arrested, prosecuted and secured the conviction of more than 500 drugs dealers and consumers in the period under review.

The chairman, who lamented the high rate of drug abuse, particularly among youths, attributed insecurity currently facing the nation to the menace.

“The prevalence of drug abuse in Nigeria is alarming and we need drastic measures to stem the tide.

“From January till date, we have seized 2.3 million kilograms of hard drugs worth N120 billion

“We have also arrested, prosecuted and jailed 500 drug barons in the period under review,’’ he said.

Marwa assured that the agency would continue to clamp down on drug traffickers, saying: “when we make drugs unavailable, it will naturally slow down consumption.’’

He thanked Governor Lalong for supporting the state’s command of the agency with logistics and called for more so as to reduce the sale and consumption of hard drugs.

Responding, Lalong thanked Marwa for the visit and commended him for his efforts toward curbing drug abuse.

The governor, who agreed with Marwa that drug abuse contributed largely to insecurity, promised to continue to support the agency to achieve its mandate.

“We want to thank you for the good works you are doing and as a state, we will continue to give you the necessary support to succeed,’’ Lalong said.

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