- President Buhari has approved the construction of barracks for operatives of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency
- According to Buba Marwa, chairman of the agency, the barracks will help in protecting the personnel of the agency
- Going further, he revealed that the NDLEA chairman disclosed that the agency had seized illicit drug worth over N100 billion
For the first time in the history of Nigeria, there will be barracks for operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).This follows the approval granted for the construction by President Muhammadu Buhari, The Cable reports.
The NDLEA boss said:
“I raised the issue of barracks. The NDLEA has been in existence for 32 years. All other agencies — armed forces, police, customs, immigration, road safety — all have estates and barracks, except the NDLEA; we still don’t have barracks,” he said.
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“And now, considering the hazardous nature of the work that we do — the dangers in it — we arrest and jail the criminals and then live among them.
“When you send operatives to go into the forest, to go after the criminals, they will be encouraged if they know that their own families are secured in a barracks somewhere.
“So, clearly, we got a positive response from the commander-in-chief and we are very grateful for it, and we look forward to the execution as soon as it is practicable."
According to The Cable, the president urged the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to locate forests in different parts of the country where cannabis plantations are sited.
He instructed the anti-drug agency to discourage drug use and prosecute offenders and traffickers.
NDLEA explains why politicians and students should undergo drug tests
Meanwhile, the NDLEA has advised politicians and students in Nigeria to take drug tests.
According to the chairman of the agency, Brig. General Buba Marwa (retd), politicians seeking public office, and students seeking admission into higher institutions should be made to undergo the tests.
He said those who must hold public offices managing the affairs of Nigerians must have clear minds and not be under the influence of any hard drug.
The agency made the disclosure on Monday, March 8, in a statement issued by the spokesperson of the agency, Femi Babafemi.
Babafemi stated that the illicit drug were discovered by the Anambra state command of the agency.