The Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency(NDLEA), retired Brigadier General, Buba Marwa, has promised that Nigeria is on its way to winning the war against drug abuse and trafficking.

Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa,(Rtd).

Marwa spoke in a recent interview in New York saying that with the support from the Federal Government, foreign partners, and stakeholders, the problem of drug abuse and trafficking in Nigeria is “on its way to being under control”.

He described the problem of drugs in Nigeria as “a ravaging epidemic” saying “it is for this reason that we remained upstanding to do our best with what we have and with the support we have been receiving from the Federal government”.


According to Marwa, the NDLEA plans to create sensitization on drug abuse and trafficking in local governments across the country. However, the organization had been constrained with the size of its workforce, but with the approval of the President, they have recruited more personnel to increase their workforce to enable them to go into the local governments so that each local government eventually has its own special command.

He also said they have special command at the seaports, international airports and are in the process of setting up engagement in the railway stations.

“I should add that we are collaborating with road transport workers because of this issue of drivers who use drugs to give them the capacity, in their thinking, to stay alert to drive for longer hours”.

“We believe that with the support we are getting from the Presidency, the matter of drug abuse and trafficking in Nigeria is on its way to being under control.’’

Marwa added that the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) has been supportive of Nigeria in its fight against drug abuse, especially in the areas of Staff training and providing information materials.

Story: Sani Asma’u


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