Marwa explains why NDLEA is going after illicit drugs’ production labs
Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Rtrd) has indicated that illicit drug production laboratories and farms pose serious threats to Nigeria’s national security hence the reason the agency is on the offensive in getting rid of them.
This was contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday by the Director, Media and Advocacy Femi Babafemi.
The statement quoted Marwa in his presentation on the national drug control master plan at a side event at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs conference taking place in Vienna, Austria.
According to him, “Nigeria was traditionally considered a transit country for drug trafficking. Now the problem is much bigger as different categories of drugs are produced, consumed and trafficked in the country.
“Drugs trafficked include cannabis, cocaine, heroin and psychotropic substances including methamphetamine and tramadol.”
He pointed out that Cannabis is cultivated in different parts of the country adding there is evidence of methamphetamine producing laboratories.
“NDLEA has destroyed thousands of hectares of cannabis cultivated land as well as 18 methamphetamine manufacturing laboratories.”
He said a situation where the drug use prevalence in Nigeria is 14.4 % is unacceptable and as such every necessary step must be taken to reverse the trend. “The drug use prevalence in Nigerians aged between 15 and 64 years is approximately 15 percent and it is three times the global drug use prevalence of 5.5 per cent.
“Cannabis used by 10.6 million Nigerians is the most common used drug followed by opioids with 4.6 million including tramadol.”
This he said is in addition to the fact that 1 in every 4 individuals using drugs is a woman and 1 in 5 who had used drug in the past year is suffering from drug user disorder.
According to him, the data is based on a UNODC survey report.
The NDLEA boss said NDLEA remains committed as Nigeria’s premier drug control agency with the mandate to “provide effective and efficient services to Nigerians by cutting off the supply of and reducing the demand for illicit drugs and other substances of abuse, tracing and recovering drug related proceeds, and contributing to the creation and maintenance of an enviable image for the nation within the global community.
Explaining the essence of the National Drug Control Master Plan (NDCMP) the NDLEA boss said it “is comprehensive and balanced as it focuses on drugs not only from law-and-order perspectives but also as a public health and education issue.
“It provides balanced solutions to issues of drug demand and supply, and ensures access to controlled medicines for medical and scientific purposes.”
“In developing the NDCMP 2021 -2025, effort was made to ensure that the document is aligned and harmonized with the existing international and regional conventions.
“It also benefitted from lessons learned from earlier phases of NDCMP, and good practices from Nigeria, West Africa and around the world.
“The NDCMP also contributes to achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)-3 to ‘ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’, to ‘strengthen prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol”, he added.
Senator Seriake Dickson condemns, calls for cessation of all forms of attacks on the Police
The Senator representing Bayelsa West Senatorial District, Henry Seriake Dickson, has called for cessation of all forms of attacks on the police as he condemned the series of attacks on police formations in the country.
The immediate past Governor of Bayelsa State spoke when he paid a solidarity visit on the Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba.
The senator unequivocally condemned the attacks and called for a cessation of all such criminal acts.
Dickson said he was at the Force Headquarters to solidarize with the IGP and the entire police family on the account of the dastardly and criminal acts of terrorism, unprovoked and coordinated attacks on Police.
He also condemned the murder of innocent police officers and malicious damage of security assets and other Government infrastructure in some parts of the country.
He said the Police is not the problem of the nation and should not be seen as the enemy of the people.
The Senator, while congratulating the IGP on his appointment as the 21st indigenous Inspector General of Police, called for proper funding of the Force to enhance its operational efficiency.
He commended Police men and women for doing their best in the face of daunting welfare and operational challenges.
The IGP, in his response, thanked the Senator for his visit as he assured him and the Nigerian people that in spite of the numerous challenges the Nigeria Police is facing, it would remain committed and unwavering in its task of protecting lives and property.
NDLEA arrests Ex-vice chairman of Lagos Island East (LCDA) with 1kg of cocain
Ex-vice chairman of Lagos Island East Local Council Development Area, (LCDA) Asekun Kehinde Sakiru, has been apprehended by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) with 1kg of cocain concealed in five pairs of palm slippers packed inside his suitcase.
He was nabbed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos
Asekun, has been on the wanted list of the agency following the recent arrest of some traffickers and drug seizures linked to him.
Director, Media and Advocacy of the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, said in a statement on Wednesday, that the long arm of the law caught up with the ex-council boss at about 9.40pm on Friday, May 7, while trying to board a Virgin Atlantic airline flight to London, United Kingdom at the Lagos airport.
Babafemi added that the suspect had been on the wanted list of the MMIA Command of the agency in connection to a case involving one Azeez Adeniyi Ibrahim who was arrested with 6.45kg of cocaine in December, 2020.
“During preliminary investigation, it was gathered that the London based baron is a seasoned politician. He was at different times between 2004 and 2014 the vice chairman of Lagos Island East LCDA. He had also contested and lost elections for House of Representatives in 2007 and Lagos State House of Assembly in 2015.
Although, he claims to be an international businessman who deals in automobiles, investigation is yet to confirm that to be the source of his acquired wealth.
“In the course of tracking him, the sum of N131million was seized from his account and another N14 million also blocked in the account of one of his traffickers, Azeez Adeniyi Ibrahim, bringing the total sum so far recovered from him to N145 million”, part of the statement read.
While commending the officers and men of the MMIA Command of the agency for resilience and dedication to duty, Chairman of the NDLEA, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), said with the support of all stakeholders, the problem of drug trafficking and abuse in Nigeria will be drastically reduced very soon.
“This arrest is yet another message and red alert to those still in this criminal trade whether as barons or traffickers that they will soon enter the dragnet of the Agency, daily being spread across the country, if they fail to back out especially now that we are moving all out for the barons and the big cartels while we continue to reign in the traffickers”, Gen. Marwa warned
Insecurity will soon fizzle out, says IGP
The Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has admitted that the nation’s security ecosystem is being challenged, but restated his belief that the nation will soon overcome its security challenges.
He reassured the citizens that the Force under his new policing vision is already implementing new, improved, tailored-to-suit and robust security solutions aimed at tackling crimes and neutralizing both existing and emerging security threats in the country.
He spoke as he ordered a nationwide deployment of police officers and other operational assets of the Force for water-tight security ahead of the 2021 Eid-el-Fitr celebration and beyond.
His order was contained in a directive to Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs), Commissioners of Police (CPs) and other strategic commanders of the Force as part of efforts by the Police leadership toward stabilizing security, improving public safety and making the country a safer place for all citizens.
The IGP, further noted that the Force is equally upscaling its collaboration with the military and other law enforcement agencies in both intelligence sharing and other target-oriented missions and operations. He enjoined citizens to support the Police to stage a common front in tackling the challenges.
In addition, the IGP reminded the citizens of the newly introduced Phase-4 National Response on COVID-19 Health Protection Regulation and called for voluntary compliance with the protocols. He equally directed Commissioners of Police in all the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to ensure full enforcement of the Protocols. He however warned that Police officers deployed for such enforcement must do so with utmost professionalism, while exhibiting compassion, decorum and due respect for the fundamental rights of the citizens.
Meanwhile, the IGP, on behalf of the entire officers of the Nigeria Police Force, congratulated all Muslim faithful in the country as they join the Muslim Ummah across the globe to mark this year’s Eid-el-Fitr. He urged them to internalize the virtues and teachings of Ramadan in their day-to-day endeavours and admonished all Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of obedience to the laws of the land and the pursuit of common good.
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