The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said it that collaboration with other security agencies has led to arrest of over 3,539 suspected drug traffickers in the first quarter of 2022.
The Chairman/Chief Executive of the anti narcotic agency said that the agency mopped up over 3.4 million kilograms of assorted drugs and illicit proceeds of drugs crime worth N130 billion.
He highlighted some of the gains of partnership with other stakeholders in 2021. “And so far, our efforts in one year showed that the strategy is effective.
“In 2021, we recorded the arrest of more than 12,300 suspected drug offenders, including seven drug barons with 1,400 drug traffickers jailed.
“We were able also to counsel and rehabilitate 8,000 drug users and in the same period, also, we mopped up over 3.4 million kilograms of assorted drugs. Interestingly, drugs and illicit proceeds of drug crime worth N130 billion were successfully recovered.
“This year equally started on an excellent footing. We broke our first quarter operational record with the arrest of over 3,539 suspected drug traffickers (including rogue security personnel and a well-known billionaire baron) and the seizure of more than 65,916 kilograms of drugs”, he stated.
While thanking the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. LEO Irabor and other service chiefs for supporting the nation’s drug war,
Gen. Marwa who was represented by the Agency’s Director of Seaports Operations, DCGN Omolade Faboyede expressed confidence “that this partnership with the Nigerian Navy will produce more outstanding results in our country’s fight against narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.”
He expressed appreciation to the Nigerian Navy under the leadership of Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, adding that “I would like to close with the words of Helen Keller: “Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much”.