Marwa to drug traffickers: Quit now or face a tough year
Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Buba Marwa has called on those involved on illicit drug business to turn over a new leaf or risk losing their freedom and assets.
This was contained in a new year message released on Sunday by the NDLEA.
According to the NDLEA boss, the agency is moving into 2022 with a resolution to rid the country of illicit substances and to continue the aggressive pursuit of drug cartels, barons and traffickers.
According to a statement issued on Sunday by Femi Babafemi, NDLEA’s spokesperson, Marwa also assured citizens of the agency’s capability to carry out the stated objectives.
“In the past year, we have scaled up our capability and reinvigorated our anti-narcotic activities. Our efforts have yielded arrests and interdictions. That should be a clear signal to anyone in the drug trade that the rules of the game have changed,” he said.
“In 2022, our goals remain the same: to dismantle drug cartels and syndicates, and that include arresting and having drug offenders jailed by the court and ultimately to rid our society of all traces of illicit substances.”
The anti-drug czar said there is still a window of opportunity for drug traffickers and barons to ditch the business before NDLEA turns on the heat.
“Since most of them are in the business to amass wealth and now they have made fortunes from this trade that harms society, therefore, it is time to quit,” Marwa said.
“We call on them to think about the common good, to think about the future of this country, to think about the young and coming generations.
“Let commonsense prevail and on your own volition make a significant contribution towards the effort to have a drug-free society where peace and harmony reign.
“We have seen the havoc of illicit drugs from the ugly development in parts of our nation due to drug abuse by youths and also from the general blight caused by abuse of cannabis across the country.
“Those who heed this warning will thank themselves for taking the wise decision to quit the drug trade in the days ahead. Those who think and act otherwise can be assured of a tough year in 2022.
“They can take a cue from what happened in 2021, where the Agency secured various jail terms for over 1,200 drug traffickers, including nationals of other countries and we brought to book six drug barons, including those outside the country and those who had been on the run for as long as 10 years.”
While emphasising Nigeria’s determination to win the drug war, Marwa said with the full support of President Muhammadu Buhari, the national assembly, the judiciary and the citizenry, NDLEA will leave no stone unturned to fulfill its mandate in 2022.
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