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NDLEA Destroys over 560KG Drugs In Lagos

Authorities of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), have destroyed about over 560kg of seized drugs in the Badagry area of Lagos State.

NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Brigadier General Buba Marwa, disclosed this on Thursday during a press briefing in Lagos, stating that the drugs are those seized in the Lagos zone within the last two years.

Buba said the exercise is a strong message to drug barons and cartels that they’ll continue to lose their huge investments in the criminal trade if they fail to back out and look for other legitimate businesses.

“It is gratifying to know that our drug law enforcement efforts are not in vain. Our efforts not only resulted in the seizure of the aforementioned drugs but also culminated in the arrest, prosecution and conviction of the offenders in court.

“Since January 2021, we have arrested over 17,647 drug offenders of which 2,385 have been convicted in court. In the process, we have seized over 3.5 million kilos of assorted drugs. The business of today is yet another indication that officers and men of NDLEA are not relenting in the pursuit of the Agency’s mandate to make Nigeria safe from the drug scourge.

“I stand here today before you to give the assurance that NDLEA will continue to explore various ways, legal and within the ambit of orthodox drug law enforcement, to address the drug problem in the country.

“And there is no better time than now to adopt evidence-based programmes and policies to counter the destructive impact of the drug scourge, which has pervaded our society in the past few years,” he said.

The agency said it is working with other institutions to provide educational opportunities, vocational skills training and other socio-economic support for this vulnerable group.

 

Source:Rootstv