Smoke out drug barons still in hiding, Marwa tells NDLEA commanders

The Chairman, NDLEA retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa


The Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa has directed NDLEA commanders nationwide to smoke out drug barons still in hiding in their areas of responsibility.

Marwa, who gave the directive at a meeting with NDLEA commanders in charge of Zones, States and Area Commanders, that they must dismantle the drug cartels and totally cut off drug supply to criminals.

”This will be as part and parcel of the solution to the security challenges facing the nation, because, if we are able to totally cut the access to and availability of drugs to the criminals, we would have effectively tampered with their nefarious activities.”

Marwa commended the commanding officers for the unprecedented successes achieved so far and tasked them not to rest on their oars.

He said that no effort must be spared to remove illicit drug equation from the security challenges facing the country.

According to Marwa, the Agency has within the limit of its resources, pushed boundaries to reduce the menace of drugs in the country.

“The statistics of our operations, empirical facts from the field, the general anti-illicit drug climate we have built and the rapport between us and our domestic and international partners, all speak volumes about how we are faring.

“This, especially against the backdrop of where we are coming from, of what the situation used to be a few years ago.”

The NDLEA chairman, however, said much more needed to be done to sanitise the country from the menace of illicit drugs and substances.

Marwa said that the agency had constantly engaged stakeholders within and outside the country to optimise its capabilities.

The NDLEA boss told the commanders that for the agency to raise its performance in 2024, they must be ready to sweep illicit drugs off the Nigerian space.


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