The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has confiscated drugs estimated at over N60 billion across the country within six weeks, its Chairman/Chief Executive, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (retd), said on Monday.
He also called on religious leaders to support the fight against drug abuse to prevent Nigerian youths and women from getting into it.
A statement issued by the NDLEA Director (Media and Advocacy), Femi Babafemi, said Marwa stated these during a courtesy call on Governor Umoru Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State, while on familiarization and assessment tour of the state Command.
During the visit, Fintiri said government at all levels should join hands with the NDLEA in the war against drug abuse before it destroys Nigeria.
He also promised to continue supporting the drug war by building a rehabilitation centre for the agency and creating drug control committees in all the 21 Local Government Areas of the state.
“In the last six weeks, we have been able to seize over N60 billion worth of drugs across the country, this is huge and enormous. The recent seizure of over 230 tons of cannabis in Edo state alone is the largest in the history of NDLEA and this has been made possible through our maxim, which is, offensive action and the renewed commitment of our personnel”, Marwa stated.
Addressing leaders of the Muslim Council of Adamawa State after leaving the Government House, the NDLEA boss told them that the agency has been doing a lot in the renewed fight against drug abuse but said it can’t do it all alone and as such needed the support of religious leaders.
“Unless we take drastic steps against drug abuse, the scourge is capable of destroying our country and because we have no other country other than Nigeria, we need the support of our religious leaders to prevent our youths and women from getting into drugs. We need you, in your sermons, lectures to talk to our people while we continue to do our best to cut drug supply, ensure demand reduction through preventive strategies”, he added.
Marwa also visited the Lamido of Adamawa, Alhaji Barkindo Mustapha, to seek the partnership of the traditional institution and support of the emirate to create drug control committees in every community in the state because of the enormous influence of the monarch not only in Nigeria but also beyond the shores of the country.
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