N100bn cash, drugs seized from cartels in 8 months – Marwa

Jesusegun Alagbe

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it seized over N100bn in cash and drugs from cartels between January and August 2021.

The agency also said it arrested 8,634 suspected drug traffickers within the period, according to its chairman, Brig Gen Buba Marwa (retd).

Marwa, in his presentation at the ongoing third committee session of the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, vowed that the NDLEA was prepared and determined to go after the assets of drug barons.

The NDLEA chief said this in a statement on Tuesday by the agency’s spokesperson Mr Femi Babafemi, saying that Nigeria remained undaunted in adopting dynamic strategies to counter new approaches adopted by organised criminals in order to make drug trafficking unattractive.

“Public enlightenment is also being strengthened with remarkable media visibility, even as the youths are regularly sensitised on social media platforms to the ugly consequences of illicit drugs and related criminalities.

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“Our consistent targeting of drug trafficking organisations has resulted in the arrest of 8,634 suspected drug traffickers and the seizure of over N100 billion in cash and drugs within the first eight months of this year”, the statement read.

NDLEA said the suspects would be tried in court while respecting their fundamental human rights.

Marwa hailed the international community for the support given to Nigeria in fighting drug trafficking, saying Nigeria had prepared the Cannabis Cultivation Survey, a project sponsored by the European Union (EU) and the United Nations on Drug and Crime (UNODC).

“This is expected to bring to the fore the full extent of cannabis cultivation in Nigeria, and make it easier to target measures to contain this perennial menace,” he said.

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