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Illicit drugs: NDLEA uncovers N30bn slush funds

The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)
The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)

The chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Buba Marwa, says the NDLEA is currently investigating N30bn slush funds believed to be proceeds of drugs.

He disclosed this in Abuja on Monday while giving commendation letters to 45 outstanding officers as well as best performing commands award for the months of March and April, 2021.

He said the agency’s offensive action would not stop until the nation’s streets, communities, towns and cities had been cleaned up of any remnant of illicit drugs.

He said: “While we keep up the offensive in the field, the leadership of the agency will daily continue to work out effective strategies and tactics to sustain the momentum.

“That is why we’ve strengthened our Directorate of Assets and Financial Investigations to go after all assets or funds linked to drug trafficking which had led to interim and final forfeiture orders on assets and funds worth billions of naira linked to drug traffickers and barons.”

Marwa said the vigour with which the agency was targeting drug cartels had led to the seizure of 2,050,766.33kg of assorted illicit drugs and cash worth over N90bn as well as arrest of 2,175 drug traffickers.

He stressed the need to deny criminal elements all benefits of their proceeds of crime in addition to sending them to jail.