By Victor Akaa, Abuja
The Chairman , National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig Gen Mohammed Buba Marwa (Rtd) has solicited the intervention of the Nigerian Army to fight the menace of drug abuse that is rampaging the country.
Gen Marwa made the disclosure on Wednesday when he paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Army Staff, at the Army Headquarters, Abuja
The Chairman who doubled as the Chief Executive Officer of the Agency noted that the menace the epidermic has done to the society is alarming and deteriorating hence the need for collaboration of both organisations to curtail it.
He said NDLEA as an Agency ,saddled with responsibility of tackling drug trafficking , cannot be left alone to effectively deal with the menace,the reason the Agency was seeking for a robust synergy and adequate support of the NA to deal with the situation
“The drug epidemic is everywhere and almost every community is affected. It has destroyed so many youths, there is a link between drug use and the current state of insecurity in the country, there is influence of drugs that makes some of the enemies of the state fearless.
“As the military operations are ongoing, we need to concurrently address the issues of drugs.”
He explained illicit drug is the predetermining factor, as well as the major cause or influencer of insecurity such as terrorism, kidnapping, banditry ,among others in Nigeria.
He said,crime would continue to strive unabated if the menace of illicit drugs is not been controlled or tackled in the country.
According to him,about fifteen million population of Nigeria within the age bracket of 16- 64 indulges in illicit drugs which could influenced them to perpetrate in crimes uncontrollably.
The NDLEA Boss noted that the Nigerian Army over the years has been supportive and involved in the fight against the menace, citing a recent example in Edo state where the army was instrumental in capturing drug traffickers and sued for the sustenance.
He also sought for the Army’s synergy in training of its special forces to enhance the Agency’s operations against drug trafficking and its use.
He appealed for COAS support as matter of necessity to create rehabilitation centres for drug addicts and pledged the willingness of the Agency’s support and assistance to providing the professional resource persons that could deal with the drug related topics to properly inform the drug induced persons the adverse effect drugs cause to the users and the society.
Responding, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru noted the commitment of Gen Marwa to the service of the nation, while commending the agency for its work at tackling drug trafficking.
He said the proceeds from drugs has foster the insecurity in the country and noted that a strong and robust synergy between the respective organisations will drastically curb the menace.