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NDLEA Records 52,901 Arrests, Secures 9,000 Convictions in Three Years

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA says it has arrested 52,901 alleged drug traffickers, including 48 barons, and obtained over 9,000 convictions of suspects in the last three years.

The Agency’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Brigadier-General Mohammed Buba Marwa (rtd), disclosed this Wednesday in his welcome address at the 2024 United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking, held at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja.

According to him, the agency’s success in prosecution is a testament to its commitment to bringing drug criminals to justice, adding that with a conviction rate of over 70%, NDLEA has secured convictions for 9,000 suspects, including drug lords and cartels.

Marwa further disclosed that the Agency has established an inter-ministerial committee known as the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) initiative, aimed at strengthening the coordination of drug control efforts in the country.

According to him, the committee, which he chairs, comprises relevant ministries, departments, and agencies, crucial to drug abuse prevention, including the Federal Ministries of Health and Social Welfare, Education, Women Affairs, Information, Youths, and agencies like NAFDAC and NACA, among others.

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