ABUJA – The Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), rtd Brig.- Gen. Buba Marwa has charged officers and men of the agency’s “Strike Force Corps” to be ruthless with drug barons and cartels.
This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday by NDLEA’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi.
Marwa gave the direvtive on Monday in Kaduna at the special operations training graduation ceremony for 143 officers of the Strike Force Corps held at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry (NASI), Jaji.
The NDLEA chairman said the drug scourge in Nigeria was unacceptable with almost 15 million Nigerians abusing substances, 20 percent of who were addicted, which was three times the global average.
“We are conscious of our job to block and prevent availability of narcotic drugs, and that necessitated the formation of the Strike Force to enhance our capability for complex operations,” he said.
He said that the Strike Force was the tip of the spear in the agency’s interdiction efforts and, as such, must keep the tip sharpened and always ready to strike.
This, he said, was because the agency needed to be two steps ahead of drug barons and cartels operating in the country.
“With the training and graduation of these officers and men today, we serve a notice to the drug barons and cartels who are yet to get the message to quit the criminal trade.
” These well-trained officers and men are coming to smoke them out as a formidable force anywhere in the country.
“As we equip and arm you well, be ruthless with the criminal gangs and merchants of death, ” he said.
Marwa implored the officers to display professionalism, discipline and respect for human rights in their operations.
He added that another batch of officers and men of NDLEA would be sent to NASI for similar training in the coming weeks.
He commended the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya and the Armed Forces for the successes recorded so far in the fight against insecurity in the country.