The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA intercepted and seized more than three million kilograms of hard drugs in the last 10 months since its chairman, retired Brig-Gen. Buba Marwa, took office.
It also arrested 10,000 suspects and secured convictions against 1,000 of them during the period.
The declarations were made in Lagos on Thursday, November 25, by the Commander of Narcotics, Lagos State Command, NDLEA, Mr Callys Alumona.
He was speaking as Marwa’s representative at the 2021 Annual Lecture and Award Ceremony of the Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria (CRAN).
The topic of this year’s lecture is: “Proliferation of Drugs, Bane of Insecurity’’.
“It is true that banditry, rape, gender-based violence, and kidnapping are synopses to the fact that drug abuse has eaten deep into the fabrics of Nigeria.
“Bandits and terrorists sometimes demand drugs in exchange for persons and they also export drugs in order to get arms to terrorise us the more.
“It is a person under the influence of drugs that usually commit heinous crimes; therefore, drug abuse and drug trafficking is a war that must be won,’’ Alumona said.
He stressed that one security agency alone could not fight the issue of drug trafficking; and drug abuse except everyone comes together to rid Nigeria of the menace.
“Security agencies such as the police, the army, and the navy among others are synergising to ensure that drug proliferation is brought to a minimum.
“With this, we are sure that the foundations of insecurity will be weakened,’’ he said.
The NDLEA official said that the police and the army recently transferred some arrested suspects to the agency for prosecution.
He added that the agency frequently raided nightclubs; and many other places to rid them of hooligans who used hard drugs before launching attacks on people.
“We are not stopping only on arrest and seizure; but we are also focused on the supply and demand reduction of drugs in the society.
He recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari launched the “War against Drug Abuse’’ on June 26; and said the war would be spread to all parts of the country.
“This war is to enlighten the public from state capitals to the grassroots.
“We will further go to secondary schools and markets to preach the gospel of stopping drugs; because drug abuse kills and is inimical to growth,’’ he said.