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NDLEA deploys task force to dismantle Mkpurumiri syndicate – Marwa

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THE Chairman/Chief Executive, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency(NDLEA),  Buba Marwa (rtd.) says the agency has set up a special task force to track down and dismantle drug cartels behind the production and distribution of methamphetamine, popularly called Mkpurumiri.

   Brig-Gen Buba Marwa said this on Monday, while answering questions from journalists during a press conference in Abuja, to mark his first year anniversary in the  agency.

  He also listed the arrest of 12,306 suspects, including seven drug barons; conviction of 1,400 offenders; seizure of over 3.4 million kilograms of assorted drugs and cash worth over N130bn; and the counselling and rehabilitation of 7,761 drug users, as some of the achievements recorded by the agency in 2021.

  Marwa said, “Key achievement is the easiest part for me because it is also the part of the development in the past year that is well-known to the public. We can take solace in the fact that our achievements of 2021 surpassed the records of any given year for the past 30 years.

  “In drug supply reduction, our interdiction efforts yielded unparalleled results, which as of December 31, 2021, were as follows: Arrest of 12,306 suspects, including seven drug barons; conviction of 1,400 offenders; pending 1,502 cases in court; seizure of over 3.4 million kilograms of assorted drugs and cash worth over N130bn; 406 hectares of cannabis farms destroyed; contributions to the Consolidated Account through asset forfeiture; and 7,761 drug users counselled and rehabilitated in the NDLEA facilities.”

  According to him, the decision to set up the task force became necessary because Mkpurumiri was being abused by youths in parts of the country, especially in the South-East.

  He challenged communities across Nigeria to take ownership of the war against drug abuse as those in the South-East states were doing by standing up to those engaged in the abuse and trafficking of illicit drugs.

  Marwa stated, iIf you look at the preponderance of the dealers in drugs, I’m not saying anything new, but the South-East has the predominance and that’s a fact. Who are the Boko Haram people?

I know they are not Yoruba and I know they are not people from Edo; but if you go to the North-West and ask who the bandits are, I know they are not from Cross River or from Lagos. If you ask the people doing the human trafficking, the women, you know from where.

  While promising to build on the foundation laid in 2021, he said the agency under his leadership now had a clear road map to the future.

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