May 22, 2024

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, on Tuesday, destroyed a total of 304,436kg kilograms and 40,042 litres of illicit substances seized from parts of Lagos and Ogun states.

Speaking at a ceremony where the seized drugs were publicly destroyed in Badagry, Lagos State, the Chairman of the agency, Brig Gen Buba Marwa (retd), said the open destruction of the seized illicit drugs followed court orders.

He further called for more public support for ongoing efforts by the NDLEA and other stakeholders to curb the menace of substance abuse and illicit drug trafficking in Nigeria.

Marwa said, “Though a routine exercise and an established process of removing dangerous substances from our society, the public destruction of confiscated illicit drugs is usually conducted at the end of their related cases in court, which include illicit drugs in solid and liquid states as well as in various classes such as cocaine, heroin, cannabis, and tramadol, among others.”

He said the drugs were seized by the NDLEA operatives across different formations of the agency in Lagos and Ogun states from January 2022 till date, especially at the Lagos seaports, airports, and land borders.

“To be destroyed here today on the order of the court are solid drugs, weighing 304,436.055kg and 40,042. 621 litres of liquid drugs. The sheer volume of the drug haul speaks volumes about the extent of the nefarious activities of the drug underworld.

“The destruction of these seizures complies with the NDLEA Act, which mandates the agency to destroy all drug exhibits after prosecution. We want to say that your presence here is a testament to this important occasion. To this end, we appreciate all stakeholders and members of the public for witnessing this exercise”, he added.

He also acknowledged the support of the agency’s local and international partners, especially the American Drug Enforcement Administration; United Kingdom NCA, Border Force; the Germans, the French; and Indian NCB, among others who had worked with the agency on several busts. “Similarly, we appreciate the Nigerian military and other law enforcement agencies such as the customs; immigration; police; civil defence; FRSC; NFIU, NAFDAC and others that have been supporting our efforts to rid Nigeria of illicit drugs,” he said.

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While assuring that the NDLEA will not relent in its efforts to end the drug scourge in the country, Marwa called for more public support for the activities of the agency.

“The safety of our society is the responsibility of every one of us. Every citizen shall be fulfilling their civic duty by assisting the agency’s War Against Drug Abuse campaign to clean up our communities and cities. Together, we can make this country secure”, he added.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by the Chairman, Badagry West Local Government, Mr. Olusegun Onilude, expressed satisfaction with the efforts of the NDLEA to tackle the scourge of illicit drugs in the country.

He said, “Almost all crimes and criminalities are fuelled by illicit drugs. So the Lagos State Government appreciates the NDLEA and its leadership in their resolute fight against illicit drugs. The volume of illicit drugs being destroyed here today speaks volumes and every right-thinking person should be worried.”

He also thanked the agency for taking the War Against Drug Abuse social advocacy campaign to schools and communities across Lagos State.

“No doubt, the NDLEA is working, and the state will continue to collaborate with the agency and its leadership,” he said.

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