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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has confirmed the destruction of 23,721.7948 kilogrammes of illicit drugs it seized between 2008 and 2022 in Enugu State.
Chairman of the NDLEA Mohammed Marwa who set the drugs on fire and provided the following breakdown: cocaine 21.699 kg, heroin 14.828 kg, amphetamine 0.06 kg, methamphetamine 24.3 kg, precursor chemicals 15 kg, cannabis sativa 23 kg, and pharmaceutical 281.7 kg.
Mr. Marwa, who was represented by Samuel Gadzamal, Director of General Investigation, NDLEA, Abuja, praised Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his support of the current initiatives to reduce drug addiction and trafficking in communities and society at large.
He also appreciated the international counterparts such as the United States DEA, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, the UK board force, the German Police and others for the success story of the Agency.
The chairman, however, called on all Nigerians to team up with government in fighting the war again drug abuse and illicit trafficking.
He said the drugs had negative implications, especially its adverse effects on the health of the people, avoidable road accidents and drug-related criminalities.
“Moreso, I want to thank other security agencies in the State for their support to the work with NDLEA,” he said.
“If the present tempo in fighting the scourge of drug menace is sustained with the cooperation from non-state actors and parents, there will be no more weeds and other psychotropic substance,” he added.
Mr Marwa promised that the Agency would not rest on its oars and would continue to explore all avenues within the ambit of the law to rid the country of the menace of hard drugs.
He appreciated the Federal and State Governments and the. Stakeholders for their support and determination towards the fight against illicit drugs in Nigeria.
In his address, the state commander of the agency, Anietie Idim, said the event was not only phenomenal to him but marked a milestone and high point in the State Command.
He explained that the cases for the public destruction of the illicit drugs had been concluded at the Federal High Court, Enugu, after painstaking and diligent efforts of many officers of the Agency to clean and clear the State of illicit drug and its consequences.
Mr Idim stated that 215.515 kilogrammes of illicit drugs were seized at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport.
“Let me affirm that we are relentless in our collective resolve to continue the battle against our public enemies, the traffickers in illicit substances across Enugu State,” he said.
“In doing this, we thank our amiable Chairman/Chief Executive officer, Buba Marwa, under whose watch the Agency has been rejigged, rebranded and repositioned for the task ahead,” he said.
Delivering his goodwill message, Ogbonna Onovo, a former Inspector General of the Nigerian Police, lauded NDLEA for its fight against illicit drugs in the country.