The Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Retd) on Wednesday said in his first two years as head of the anti-narcotics body, 26,458 drug traffickers, among them, 34 barons, have been arrested.
NEWSBREAK reports that Marwa made this disclosure during a press conference at the NDLEA headquarters in Abuja, where he updated the public on efforts by the Agency to rid Nigeria of illicit substance abuse and drug trafficking on the second anniversary of his leadership of the anti-narcotics body.
He said: “In these two years, we arrested 26, 458 drug traffickers, among them, 34 barons.
“In 24 months, we successfully prosecuted 3,733 offenders who were convicted and handed various jail terms in court.
“Of the conviction figure, 2,346 were recorded in 2022 alone, which is the highest in the history of the Agency and almost doubled the highest ever recorded in the 33 years of NDLEA.
“This is not happenchance but a result of professionalism, determination, commitment and hard work of our officers, men and women.”
Describing 2022 as an epoch year, Marwa said, “We took a giant leap in drug demand reduction with the establishment and commissioning of the NDLEA drug abuse call centre which broadened access to treatment and rehabilitation.”
He added: “We look forward to arresting more barons and the 34 in the net presently will know their fate in court in the weeks and months ahead.”
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