Richard Ginika Izuora
The Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa has vowed to confiscate illegally acquired assets from drug wealth.
He said the Agency is now prepared and more determined to go after the assets of drug barons.
This he said also included illegal drug and substances trafficked in any part of the country.
Marwa gave the assurance at the ongoing third committee session of the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, U.S on Tuesday, October 12.
Mr Femi Babafemi, quoted the Chairman as saying that Nigeria remained undaunted in adopting dynamic strategies to counter new approaches adopted by organised criminals in order to make drug trafficking unattractive.
He said this would ensure forfeiture of the criminally derived assets, which is a tested as well as powerful deterrent to the proliferation of drug crimes and criminalities.
Marwa said that Nigeria had exhibited the political will by demonstrating high commitment to the protection of public health and safety with the launch of the War Against Drug Abuse, WADA, campaign.
He added that it was, however, a call for civil action for all Nigerians to buy in and take full ownership of the fight against the menace of illicit drugs.
The NDLEA boss said that the Nigeria’s Drug Control efforts have received a tremendous thrust with unprecedented stakeholders’ involvement; “we have engaged civil society groups; non-governmental organisations; academia; and governments at all levels.
“Public enlightenment is also being strengthened with remarkable media visibility; even as the youths are regularly sensitised on social media platforms on the ugly consequences of illicit drugs and related criminalities.
“Our consistent targeting of drug trafficking Organisations has resulted in the arrest of 8,634 suspected drug traffickers; and the seizure of over N100 billion in cash and drugs within the first eight months of this year.
“Perpetrators will go through the Criminal Justice system, with their fundamental human rights, being strictly upheld,” he assured.
The NDLEA boss expressed appreciation to all the international partners; who in the spirit of shared responsibility, deserved to be appreciated.
He commended them for their great support through technical assistance; information as well as intelligence sharing, capacity building, and training.