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NDLEA arrests 2,180 drug traffickers

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CHAIRMAN, Chief Executive Officer, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mohamed Buba Marwa (Rtd), has said that the enormity of the dangers of drug abuse called for an urgent need to nip the problem in the bud as the number of drug traffickers arrested by the agency has gone high to 2,180.

  Speaking during the United Nations (UN) International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2021, with the theme, ‘Share Facts on Drugs. Save Lives,’  Brig. Gen. Marwa said that the event was set aside by the nations of the world to reinvigorate efforts aimed at sensitising the public on the dangers associated with the cultivating, manufacturing, trafficking and abuse of illicit drugs. 

  Giving an annual statistic review, Brig. Gen. Marwa said that the NDLEA had arrested 2,180 traffickers, including five drug barons controlling different cartels across Nigeria.

  A record of 2.05 million kilograms of drugs intercepted and seized across the country; 2,100 drugs offenders prosecuted with 500 jailed by courts, and a total cash and drugs seizures valued at over ninety billion nairas (N90 billion).

   He further stated that the war against illicit drug must be a collective effort, pointing out that  the National Drug Survey 2019, indicated that cannabis is the most commonly abused substance by an estimated 10.6 million Nigerians.

  He urged parents, community leaders and religious leaders to join forces with the agency against illicit drugs and ensure a healthy and safer community.

  On the rehabilitation of drug users, Marwa said that the federal government was making efforts to ensuring that drug rehabilitation centres were available across the six geopolitical zones which will enhance access to treatment and reintegration of treated drug users into their families and societies.

  Also speaking at the event, the Chairman, Edo State Drug Control Committee (ESDCC), Osamwonyi Irowa, in his address of welcome, said that drug abuse had enabled all forms of criminality.

   Stating that this has brought family disintegration ruined the capacities of the youths and has given rise to insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, rape and violent extremism, Dr Irowa, however, noted that the ESDCC has taken the campaign of Drug-Free Club to secondary schools across the state.

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