The Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Buba Marwa, on Tuesday tasked officers and men of the agency to make it difficult for drug barons, traffickers and cartels to operate in Nigeria in 2022.
He gave the charge in Abuja at a meeting with the Directors, Zonal Commanders, State and Special Area Commanders, during which four state commands and 25 officers were given cash-awards and commendation letters for their outstanding performance.
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They were rewarded in the areas of drug supply reduction, drug demand reduction and diligent prosecution of cases in the last quarter of the year, 2021.
Marwa commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his constant support and encouragement to the NDLEA and its work.
“The figures of our drug supply reduction activities have skyrocketed, 11, 340 arrests and 1,111 convictions in 11 months.
“These figures are balanced by equally impressive Drug Demand Reduction stats, 7,066 counselled and rehabilitated, all in our facilities.
“During the 11 months, we have successfully mopped up over 3.3m kgs of assorted drugs; away from the streets of Nigeria; away from criminals, terrorists and bandits; away from our youths.
“This award and commendation ceremony is an attestation that the leadership of NDLEA is keeping its side of the bargain, to wit, to motivate the NDLEA workforce as a means of getting the Agency out of the rut in which it was stuck for years,” Marwa said.