Buba Marwa, chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has warned that drug suspects must be charged to court within 48 hours.
Femi Babafemi, Director, Media and Advocacy for the agency, issued a statement to this effect on Saturday in Abuja.
According to the statement, Marwa warned against the arrest of relatives and acquaintances of suspected drug offenders.
He urged the NDLEA operatives to abide by the constitutional provisions regarding the arrest and detention of suspects.
“To avoid a breach of the operations guidelines, arrangements must be made for the filing of charges in court within 24 or 48 hours as may be applicable,” he said.
“Where this is not possible, a detention order must be procured from the Federal High Court for the continuous detention of an arrested person.”
The NDLEA boss also said investigation in all cases should be concluded not later than one week.
He added that in all cases of raid operations, all non-culpable suspects should be separated from those culpable and released immediately.
Marwa also called for the prompt arraignment of suspects.
He warned against the detention of people for the purpose of obtaining information and intelligence without committing any drug-related offence.
“The agency and its personnel shall in the course of arrest and search, respect the dignity of the human person of the suspect.
“Accordingly, a suspect shall not in any way be ill-treated. Leg chain and handcuff may only be used where the person is violent and/or resistant to arrest such that reasonable force is required to restrain him or her,” he stressed.