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NDLEA arrests over 9000 traffickers since October – Marwa

The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, says it has succeeded in arresting 6 drug barons and over 9,000 traffickers in various operations conducted from mid-October to date.

The Chairman of the agency, Buba Marwa, disclosed this in Abuja, while briefing State newsmen on their achievements so far.

According to the chairman, over 100 billion Naira worth of drugs and large sums of cash were recovered from traffickers, with about 6,000 drug users counseled and rehabilitated, while over 5,000 drug cases were filed in court.

Marwa attributed the successes attained to a new operational philosophy NDLEA had adopted.

He explained that under its Operation Offensive Action, NDLEA had been able to mop up existing drugs in the country, stem the influx of narcotics, thus removing Nigeria from the global drug network.

The Chairman of the agency said NDLEA was making plans to sensitise Nigerians on the importance of seeing themselves as stakeholders in the efforts at curbing the trafficking of illicit substances.

He pointed out that the achievements attained by agency had prompted the anti-drug agencies in the Gambia and Saudi Arabia to go into partnership with it, while its counterparts in the UK, the US, and France donated equipment to it to facilitate its operation.

Reporting by Abdullah Bello; Editing by Mariam Benjamin