World Drug Day: Abba Kyari’s Case Will Not Last Long – Marwa

 

Chairman the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig-General Mohamed Buba Marwa, says the case against embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Abba Kyari, is one that will not linger too long in the courts.

General Marwa who stated this while appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Hard Copy on Friday, said the conviction of two other defendants in the case is evidence that the matter will be treated with the urgency it deserves.

“They have been convicted and jailed those two, I think that is a pointer that this is a case that will not last long,” Marwa told Maupe Ogun-Yusuf.


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He further stated that the NDLEA has the cooperation on the matter, adding that the agencies have full confidence in the judiciary.

Reacting to a question about fingers being pointed regarding the alleged involvement of some operatives of the NDLEA in the Kyari, Marwa stressed that the agency as of today is well motivated and as such, the men have remained steadfast in their duties.

According to him, several men of the NDLEA are now being awarded for refusing to take bribes and their integrity has continued to produce results for the agency.

He assured Nigerians that while the men are rushing to demonstrate their patriotism, there is a special monitoring unit that is ensuring there is no laxity within the ranks of the NDLEA.

World Drug Day: We Have Arrested Politicians In Possession Of Drugs – Marwa

 

The Chairman/ Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Brig-General Mohamed Buba Marwa, says operatives of the NDLEA have on several occasions apprehend politicians in possession of illegal drugs. 

General Marwa who stated this while appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Hard Copy on Friday, said he was somewhat disappointed that the drive to have political officers undergo drug-tests before they assume office did not scale through.

He said the whole idea was not originally his, adding that the practice had already started taking place in Kano State, and as such, the NDLEA was only trying to promote the good initiative which would also have had a great effect on the war against illicit drug use.

“We have arrested politicians who either are holding political office or have retired. Recently one of them was jailed in Lagos, he was trying to smuggle 1kg, maybe to use it to run for office,” Marawa asserted.

“As you know, the cartels also participate in political institutions, they actually fund candidates into the various levels so that the correct laws are enacted” to favour their course.

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NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Brigadier General Buba Marwa, briefs reporters at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja on April 27, 2022.

 

Speaking on the push to rehabilitate victims of drug use, the NDLEA boss admitted that there is a dearth of rehab centres while there are many Nigerians who need help.

Gen Marwa explained that there are about 11 model rehabilitation centres in the country which is very low, however, he noted that Presidential Advisory Committee on Elimination of Drug Abuse (PACEDA) recommended that there should be about three centres per state looking at the prevalence.

He disclosed that the Federal Government has agreed to build one more rehab centre in each state, adding that the NDLEA will continue to do its best in the area of counseling.

According to him, the agency is already commissioned a toll free helpline for those scourged by abusive drug use. The number is – 080010203040. 

The NDLEA Chairman assured Nigerians that the agency will have ready, teams of Psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and nurses to attend to those who call the helpline and visit the help centres.

He said the agency is partnering with a consultant psychologist who would facilitate a 24/7 helpline and centre where experts will meet with all those in need.

Marwa’s comments come two days before the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, or World Drug Day, which is marked on the 26th of June every year.

This year, the United Nations theme is “Addressing drug challenges in health and humanitarian crises”.

On this day, the United Nation’s Office On Drugs and Crime (UNODC) urges individuals, entire communities, and various organizations all over the world to join in observing the World Drug Day to help raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs pose to society.

“From warzones to refugee camps to communities torn apart by violence, people in all parts of the world are in dire need.

This year, UNODC is addressing transnational drug challenges stemming from situations of crisis.

We continue to advocate to protect the right to health for the most vulnerable, including children and youth; people using drugs; people with drug use disorders; and people who need access to controlled medicines,” a statement from the UNODC reads.

The world body says everyone can do their part by sharing real facts on the drugs situation— from health risks and solutions to tackle the world drug problem to evidence-based prevention, treatment, and care resources in times of crises.

NDLEA Intercepts Tramadol, Cash Consignments From Pakistan, Austria, Italy At Lagos Airport

Some of the intercepted illicit drugs.

 

At least, 649,300 capsules of Tramadol 225mg and 809,850 Euros cash were among consignments from Pakistan, Austria and Italy intercepted at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

Several quantities of Heroin and other illicit drugs were also blocked from being exported to the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada

At the Skyway Aviation Handling Company cargo warehouse at the airport, anti-narcotics officers seized 649,300 capsules of Tramadol 225mg weighing 460.95kg imported from Pakistan via Addis Ababa through Ethiopian Airline on Wednesday 16th Feb. A suspect, Nwadu Ekene Christian was arrested in connection with the seizure.

On the same day, a female passenger, Ms. Ayeki Happy, who arrived at the airport from Italy on a Turkish Airline flight, was arrested with 69,850 Euros cash concealed in her luggage. This was four days after another lady, Precious Idahagbon was arrested with 740,000 Euros cash hidden in her luggage and undeclared upon her arrival at the airport from Vienna, Austria via Istanbul, Turkey. Both cash seizures are currently under investigation to establish if they are proceeds of the drug business.

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At the NAHCO export shed of the airport, operatives seized a consignment of 131 parcels of Cannabis concealed in packages of black soap (Dudu-Osun), during outward clearance of cargo going to the UK. This is as another consignment presented for export to Dubai, UAE at SAHCO shed was also recovered after 30 parcels of cannabis hidden in cartons of cornflakes were discovered in it.

No less than 6.5kg of Heroin, Khat, and Oxycodone packaged for export to the USA, and Canada were seized at a major courier company in Lagos by operatives of the Directorate of Operation and General Investigations (DOGI). The drugs were concealed in shoes, and carton walls.

 

Meanwhile, in Kano, a 34-year-old Nasiru Abdulrahman was arrested with 476kg of Cannabis at Kwanar Dan Gora, Kiru Local Government Area of the state on Friday 25th Feb, while in Adamawa, 4,000 tablets of Tramadol 225mg were seized from Abdulmuminu Abubakar, 24, who was arrested at Gidan Madara, Mubi North LGA on Tuesday 22nd Feb.

He was travelling on a motorcycle to deliver the drugs in Bukula, Cameroon Republic, and claimed another suspect, Fahad Mohammed, 19, gave the consignment to him. Fahad was later arrested in a follow-up operation at his home in the Kasuwan Borkono area of Mubi town.

Similarly, in Abuja, two consignments were intercepted from transport vehicles in the Abaji area of the FCT. While the first contained 12kg cannabis, the second has 356kg of the same substance. A follow-up operation in Kaduna led to the arrest of the owner of the 356kg cannabis, Ayomide Adewale, 29.

While commending the officers and men of the MMIA (DOGI) Kano, Adamawa, and FCT commands for the arrests and seizures, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa, charged them and their colleagues across the country to intensify the offensive action against all drug cartels in every part of Nigeria.

NDLEA Raids Lagos Island Drug Den, Arrests Kingpin, Six Others

NDLEA Lagos Island
Saturday’s raid was one of many from the NDLEA in recent months.

 

A major drug kingpin operating the notorious Patey Lagos Island drug haven, in Lagos State, Mrs. Sherifat Kehinde Lawal, has been arrested along with six other suspects by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

The NDLEA operatives also recovered 5,862 kilograms of assorted illicit drugs including Loud and Codeine in the raid which took place on Saturday.

Following credible intelligence and follow-up surveillance on illicit drug dealing in Osho, Gambari, and Beecroft streets, Patey Area of Lagos Island, anti-narcotic officers stormed the Gambari Street base of the drug kingpin where they arrested her and six of her accomplices at 9:30 am Saturday 26th Feb.

Other members of the cartel operating in the axis, however, mobilised hoodlums who attacked the operatives with stones, bottles, and guns in a bid to prevent the officers from arresting other kingpins, taking the suspects, already nabbed, and drug exhibits away.

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Desist or Face Consequences

The NDLEA says the agency won’t relent in ridding the country of illicit drugs.

 

The operatives tactically defend themselves and took the suspects and exhibits away. Other suspects in custody with Mrs. Lawal include Ahmed Yisau; Solomon Alape; Olayemi Akinola; Salami Qudus; Bakare Rafiu; Rose Samson; Yusuf Rofiat, and Chukwudi Egon.

In his reaction to the development, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa commended the officers and men of the Lagos Command of the agency for the successful operation. He warned those being used by drug cartels to obstruct or attack anti-narcotic officers in the course of doing their work to desist or face dire consequences.

Military School Ex-Boys Join Drug War, Support NDLEA

The Nigerian Military School Ex-Boys Association has expressed the willingness of its members to join the ongoing war and advocacy campaigns against the menace of illicit drug trafficking and abuse

 

The Nigerian Military School Ex-Boys Association has expressed the willingness of its members to join the ongoing war and advocacy campaigns against the menace of illicit drug trafficking and abuse, especially among Nigerian youths.

This was the solidarity message brought to the National Headquarters of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA in Abuja by some leaders of the group led by their President, Engr. Femi Ikuponiyi when they paid a courtesy visit to the Chairman/CEO of the agency, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa at the weekend.

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Ikuponiyi said they were on the visit to identify with Marwa’s strides of accomplishment and vision for the NDLEA as an ex-boy and pride of the ex-boys family. He expressed the willingness of ex-boys to join advocacy campaigns to stem and eradicate the menace of the use of illicit drugs amongst Nigerian youths particularly in areas of intelligence gathering and reportage. He commended Marwa and described him as a pacesetter and an exemplary ambassador of the NMS Ex-Boy.

In his response, Marwa thanked the NMS Ex-Boys for their visit and offer to support the drug war, stressing that such was an indication that the key message of the War Against Drug Abuse, WADA, launched by President Muhammadu Buhari last June is fast achieving its target of mobilising every citizen to take ownership of the battle against the drug scourge.

Drug War: NDLEA, NSCDC Renew Partnership As Audi Visits Marwa

The Commandant General of the NSCDC, Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi (right), during a visit to the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa

 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have agreed to strengthen existing partnerships and synergies between the two agencies in various areas of operations especially in the fight against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking.

According to NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, the commitment was the highpoint of a courtesy visit by the Commandant General of the NSCDC, Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi to the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) at the anti-drug agency’s national headquarters in Abuja on Thursday.

In his remarks, the NSCDC boss said he was on the visit to tap from the knowledge and experience of Gen. Marwa in transforming NDLEA within a short time; seek for synergy and collaboration between the two agencies, while noting that he has continued to follow Marwa’s antecedents and achievements in public service since he was a student.

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NSCDC
The NSCDC believes synergy with the NDLEA will help in combating crime in Nigeria.

 

In his response, the NDLEA Chief Executive commended the NSCDC boss for bringing to bear his experience and intellectual capacity on the work of the Corps.

He said his achievements in the past year in NDLEA were due largely to the grace of God as well as the commitment of officers and men of the agency.

“We’ll like to bring the problem of drug abuse under control as quickly as possible because of its effects on public health and national security,” he said.

“As such, well like to call for a renewed partnership with the Civil Defence so that together we can bring criminalities under control in communities and the country at large. With your visible physical presence in the grassroots, we’ll work with you in our drug demand and drug supply control efforts.”

Earlier, the leadership of Global Peace Advocacy and Empowerment Initiative led by Ambassador Sadiq Badamasi Ibrahim also visited Gen. Marwa during which they sought partnership with NDLEA on their mission to take anti-drug advocacy campaigns across the country.

The global body also conferred on Marwa the 2021 Man of the Year award among other recognitions.

Make 2022 Tougher For Drug Barons, Cartels, Marwa Tasks NDLEA Officers

File photo of NDLEA Chairman, Brigadier-General Buba Marwa

 

The Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa has tasked officers and men of the anti-narcotic agency to make it difficult for drug barons, traffickers, and cartels to operate in Nigeria in the new year, 2022.

He gave the charge on Tuesday at a meeting with the Directors, Zonal Commanders, State, and Special Area Commanders, during which four state commands and 25 officers were given cash-backed awards and commendation letters for their outstanding performance in the areas of drug supply reduction, drug demand reduction and diligent prosecution of cases in the last quarter of the year, 2021.

According to a statement by NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, Marwa also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his constant support and encouragement to the NDLEA and its work.

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According to him, the figures of Nigeria’s Drug Supply Reduction activities have skyrocketed: 11, 340 arrests and 1,111 convictions in 11 months.

“These figures are balanced by equally impressive Drug Demand Reduction stats: 7,066 counselled and rehabilitated, all in our facilities.

“During the 11 months, we have successfully mopped up over 3.3 million kilograms of assorted drugs; away from the streets of Nigeria; away from criminals, terrorists, and bandits; away from our youths.

“This awards and commendations ceremony is an attestation that the leadership of NDLEA is keeping its side of the bargain, to wit, to motivate the NDLEA workforce as a means of getting the agency out of the rut in which it was stuck for years.

“It was to this end that we instituted, among other measures, the Bimonthly Best Performing Command Award, which after two editions was transformed into the Quarterly Awards. The transmutation notwithstanding, the objective remains to reward individual hard work and diligence of officers and to appreciate the collective effort of commands.

“It cannot be gainsaid that the awards have not been successful. From all indications, our reward scheme has galvanized the NDLEA workforce as evidenced by our daily and weekly performance, which attracts national and international accolades. Just three weeks ago, at the ICPC 3rd National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in Nigeria, held on November 30, 2021, our officer was one of three distinguished Nigerians honoured by the President with the 2021 Public Service Integrity Award. That speaks volumes about the renewed work ethics within the agency. With a sense of modesty, he deserves a pat on the back for the good work that earned him the national award.

“As for those hurdles that were the sources of stagnation and disenchantment, the leadership of NDLEA has dismantled most, if not all of them. We have made a case for a new salary structure; we have harmonised our rank structure and stagnated ranks through the promotion of 3,506 officers and men; we have rejigged our welfare scheme and now have a functional insurance scheme; we paid burial entitlements to the families of officers lost in the line of duty. We have practically doubled our strength in terms of personnel in one year. We will be having barracks in the new year.

“Thanks to Mr. President. A whole lot of reforms are ongoing. We have not taken our hands off the plough. The management is working to cover lost grounds and restore the agency’s parity with other similar government apparatus.

“We must as individuals and as a collective reflect on this positive development. And for those we are complimenting today, the awards, the recognition, should further motivate you to go the extra mile. In doing that, I urge you: do not trample upon discipline according to our creed; do not compromise your loyalty to the ideals and ethos of the agency, and finally, constantly rededicate yourself to duty and attainment of organisational goals.

“We are doing our utmost to win this war against drug abuse and trafficking of illicit substances, both from a policy perspective (such as the launch of the National Drug Control Master Plan, NDCMP 2021-2025) and from a tactical perspective (like the gradual takeoff of War Against Drug Abuse, WADA, across the 36 states). The onus is now on us to ensure that our performance will not become a flash in the pan.

“This awards ceremony should imbue us with the nous to sustain the momentum and the upward swing. This is my charge to the entire NDLEA workforce: We must in good conscience continue to justify the enormous energy we have invested this year in turning around the fortunes of the Agency,” Marwa stated.

To the entire NDLEA workforce, the CEO assured them that they can look ahead into the future without anxiety.

“We should be confident that better days are here,” he declared.

The NDLEA boss, however, noted that the agency needs to constantly remind itself that its performance is the catalyst that will hasten the journey to a drug-free Nigeria.

Military Backs Drug War As Marwa Meets CDS, Other Service Chiefs

Marwa is thanking the Armed Forces for their support in combating crime.

 

Efforts to mobilise more support for the ongoing war against illicit drug trafficking and abuse in the country received a boost from the Armed Forces on Thursday when the Chief of Defence Staff, General Leo Irabor, and the service chiefs met with Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd).

According to a statement by the NDLEA’s spokesman, Femi Babafemi, Gen. Marwa led a team of his management officers to pay the service chiefs an advocacy visit at their headquarters in Abuja.

While meeting with the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Marwa commended the Armed Forces for their sacrifice, patriotism and gallantry to keep the nation safe and secure.

He expressed the agency’s appreciation for the collaboration and support from the military.

Marwa added that the visit was to seek more ways to strengthen the existing partnership with the armed forces.

 

“There’s no doubt that illicit drugs fuel and enhance criminalities, hence the need for more collaboration; a partnership that is mutually beneficial because when the problem of drugs is taken out of the security challenge equation, the military will have less to do in tackling terrorism, banditry and kidnapping,” he stated.

The NDLEA boss called for the adoption of drug tests within the services and more support in the areas of intelligence sharing, training, logistics and operational backup.

In his response, Gen. Irabor commended Gen. Marwa for his laudable achievements within a short time of assuming leadership of NDLEA.

While stating that the military is willing to accede to Marwa’s requests, the Chief of Defence Staff said, “the work of NDLEA needs to be sustained and supported because we’ll have less to contend with if the drug issue is largely resolved and taken care of.”

Speaking in the same vein, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Farouk Yahaya, noted that “we’ve always supported NDLEA and will continue to do so because we’ll like to be associated with the successes you are recording in the agency.”

The army chief added that drug trafficking is a grave one and offenders deserve stiffer punishment to serve as deterrence.

He assured that there’s a standing instruction to army formations to always support NDLEA operations.

 

Similar promises were made by the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Azee Gambo and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao who both promised logistics support in the areas agreed upon as well as collaboration.

NDLEA Poised To Increase Risk Of Drug Trafficking In Nigeria – Marwa

File photo of NDLEA Chairman, Brigadier-General Buba Marwa.

 

The Chairman/ Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa has reiterated the agency’s commitment to increase the risk burden of trafficking in drugs and psychotropic substances in Nigeria.

Marwa gave the assurance on Wednesday at the handing over ceremony of a provisional detention facility equipped by the UK Border Force to the NDLEA.

Gen. Marwa, who was represented at the occasion by the Agency Secretary, Mr. Shadrach Haruna, noted that the drug war is daily receiving a boost especially with the recent launch of the National Drug Control Master Plan (NDCMP 2021-2025), which was funded by the European Union under the supervision of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

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The NDLEA boss said: “The resources committed to the project clearly demonstrates the commitment of the United Kingdom to fostering international cooperation to fight the enduring problem of drug trafficking in Nigeria”.

He thanked the UK Border Force – which has been rendering assistance to the Agency in the areas of training, mentoring, provision of detection technology, and other key infrastructure – for the facility and promised that the agency will make judicious use of it.

The UK Border Force regional operations manager, (West Africa), Mr. Christopher Hawksfield, who was represented by Ms. Marie Maxwell, assured that the UK government will continue to partner with Nigeria in the fight against illicit drug trafficking across the globe.

He noted that the facility would improve the efficiency of officers and men of NDLEA at the airport and the well-being of suspects before they are charged to court.

Among the facilities handed over are a targeting office, an exhibit room, a legal seat, two temporary detention facilities for males and females, computer sets, and office equipment.

The Commander, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Command of NDLEA, Kabiru Sani Tsakuwa thanked the UK government and the NDLEA management for their support in making the commands work easier.

Present at the occasion were the NDLEA Director of Airport Operations, Mrs. Joyce Titus Awogbuyi; Coordinator, International Affairs, Mrs. Kennechi Nnoruka, representatives from Nigerian Customs Service, Immigration, DSS, and Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN.

Drug War: Why Option Of Fine Must Be Removed From NDLEA Act – Marwa

File photo of NDLEA Chairman, Brigadier-General Buba Marwa (rtd)

 

Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa has said that the removal of the clause which allows for an option of fine for drug offenders from the Agency’s Act currently undergoing amendment in the National Assembly will strengthen the deterrence effect of court prosecution and conviction.

Gen. Marwa stated this in his remarks while defending the 2022 NDLEA budget proposal before the Senate Committee on Drugs and Narcotics chaired by Senator Hezekiah Dimka.

He said though he had visited the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Justice John Tsoho, on the issue of ridiculous options of fine given to some drug traffickers, he believes the removal of the clause that allows Judges to use discretionary powers to give options of fine would resolve the jigsaw.


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While defending the N38.1 billion 2022 budget proposal, Gen. Marwa said though the allocation may not solve all the problems facing the agency,  it is a great improvement on the previous budgets.

Marwa thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, the Finance Minister, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, and more importantly, the leadership of the National Assembly and its committee on drugs and narcotics for giving the NDLEA the support needed to make the progress being talked about at the moment.

In his opening remarks, Chairman of the Committee, Senator Hezekiah Dimka congratulated Gen. Marwa “for the successes recorded by the agency since his assumption of office”, adding that “there is no doubt that his approach and manner of operations to the fight against drug trafficking and abuse on our shores is extraordinary.”

Other members of the committee including the Vice-Chairman, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani expressed support for the good work the NDLEA is doing and promised to enhance and pass the budget to enable the agency to achieve greater feats next year.

Court Grants NDLEA’s Request To Seize Ship Used To Import Cocaine, Detain 29 Suspects

A photo combination of the vessel.

 

A Federal High Court in Lagos has granted the application by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, for the interim attachment of a vessel MV Chayaneenaree used to import 32.9 kilograms of cocaine into Nigeria through the Apapa Seaport in Lagos.

NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemin noted in a statement on Sunday that besides the attachment order, the court also granted NDLEAs request to detain the master of the ship, Mr. Tanahan Krilerk, and 21 foreign crewmembers as well as seven Nigerians arrested in connection to the case.

The anti-narcotic agency had on October 13 intercepted the ship at the Apapa Seaport following intelligence from international partners and support from other security forces such as the Nigerian Navy, Customs, DSS, and the police.

A thorough search of the ship led to the recovery of 30 parcels containing cocaine which weighed 32.9kg.

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A photo combination of the vessel.

 

Investigations into the seizure have been yielding more arrests of suspected local collaborators, as a result of which the Chairman/Chief Executive of the Agency, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) on Tuesday 26th directed that an application to attach the ship and detain the suspects for two weeks pending the conclusion of investigation and filing of criminal charges against suspects be filed in court.

The application in suit no: FHC/L/CS/1518/2021, which was filed by the agency’s Director of Prosecution and Legal Services, Joseph Nbone Sunday on Thursday 28th October was granted the following day Friday 29th October by Hon. Justice A.O. Awogboro.

According to the court ruling, an order of interim attachment was granted to the Federal Government of Nigeria over the Vessel MV Chayaneenaree used as an instrumentality of unlawful transportation and importation of 32.9 kilograms of cocaine seized by the applicant aboard the vessel on 13th October 2021 at Apapa Port pending investigation and filing of the charge and prosecution.

An order of remand was further granted to the Applicant to remand the Master of the Vessel, Mr. Tanahan Krilerk and 21 other crew members of the said Vessel and 7 other persons arrested in connection with the case for a period of fourteen days pending investigation and or filing of a criminal charge.

The case was thereafter adjourned till 25th November 2021 for the report of investigation.

8,634 Drug Traffickers Arrested, Seizures Worth N100bn Made In 8 Months – Marwa

Ex-Lagos governor, Brigadier General Buba Marwa (rtd) resumes as the new NDLEA Chairman on January 18, 2021 in Abuja.

 

Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig-Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd), says the agency has arrested over 8,634 suspected drug traffickers between January and August 2021.

Marwa, who disclosed this at the Human Rights, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Committee of the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, also explained that the NDLEA made seizures of more than N100 billion in drugs and cash during the period.

“Our consistent targeting of drug trafficking organisations has resulted in the arrest of 8,634 suspected drug traffickers and the seizure of over N100 billion in cash and drugs. Perpetrators will go through the criminal justice system, with their fundamental human rights being strictly upheld,” the NDLEA boss stated.

He added that, “against the backdrop of the strong linkage between illicit drug consumption and insecurity, it is worthy of note that Nigeria made its first seizure of 74.119 kg of Captagon brand of amphetamine, presumably destined for use, to fuel insurgency and other violent crimes and criminalities, which Nigeria is currently grappling with”.

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Marwa assured the international community of Nigeria’s preparedness and determination to go after the assets of drug barons and traffickers in any part of the country.

“Nigeria will remain undaunted in adopting dynamic strategies to counter new approaches adopted by organised criminals, in order to make drug trafficking unattractive while ensuring forfeiture of the criminally-derived assets, a tested and powerful deterrent to the proliferation of drug crimes and criminalities,” he declared.

According to him, the Nigerian Government has exhibited political will by demonstrating high commitment to the protection of public health and safety with the launch of the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) campaign, a call for civil action for all Nigerians to buy in and take full ownership of the fight against the menace of illicit drugs.

“More so, Nigeria’s drug control efforts have received a tremendous thrust with unprecedented stakeholders’ involvement; we have engaged civil society groups, non-governmental organisations, academia and governments at all levels, public enlightenment is also being strengthened with remarkable media visibility, even as the youths are regularly sensitized on social media platforms on the ugly consequences of illicit drugs and related criminalities.

“Our consistent targeting of drug trafficking organisations has resulted in the arrest of 8,634 suspected drug traffickers and the seizure of over N100 billion in cash and drugs within the first eight months of this year. Perpetrators will go through the criminal justice system, with their fundamental human rights, being strictly upheld.”

Mr Marwa appreciated all international partners who he said: “in the spirit of shared responsibility, deserve to be appreciated for their great support through technical assistance, information and intelligence sharing, capacity building and training specifically in the area of countering the use of information and communication technology for criminal purposes”.

According to him, the partnerships have given a great boost to Nigeria’s counter-narcotics strategies.

The NDLEA boss further stated that Nigeria is happy to report that the EU-funded, UNODC sponsored Cannabis Cultivation Survey is expected to bring to the fore, the full extent of cannabis cultivation in Nigeria, and make it easier to target measures to contain this perennial menace.

He told the global gathering that appropriate strategies have also been adopted to address the stigmatisation of people who use drugs, including meeting the needs of vulnerable communities and groups such as women, girls, children (out of school and homeless), internally displaced persons and so on.

General Marwa explained how one of the challenges of the pandemic is the proliferation of online sales of drug cookies and use of courier services to move illicit drugs.

He, however, stressed that the agency has been able to intercept, trace and dismantle most of the drug cells involved.