Chairman-Chief Executive Officer, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Buba Marwa (right) and the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard.

Mohammed Buba Marwa, chairman/CEO of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), says the agency will rid Nigeria of illicit drug trafficking and consumption.

Since his assumption of office two weeks ago, Marwa has continued to warn against drug trafficking in the country.

While signing a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United States government on how to strengthen Nigeria’s war against drugs, Marwa said the agency will be hard on drug traffickers, exporters and importers operating in the country.

“We will be hard against drug criminals. We will be serious. We are going to rid this country of illicit drugs trade, trafficking and consumption,” he said.

“But in carrying out this onerous task, I will take this opportunity to seek for more of your support for the agency to enable us move faster.

“The US has assisted us in the area of training, operational equipment, logistics. But we still need more of these assistance to ensure we go after the criminals and in a hard way.

“I must thank the US government for all the support NDLEA has received through the years. Indeed, this week, I distributed 12 vehicles which I got wind of during my time in PACEDA (Presidential Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Drugs Abuse). I also got wind of delayed memorandum of understanding, between the agency and the United States. I am happy to say I have signed the MoU.”

Beth Leonard, the United States’ ambassador to Nigeria, in her remarks said the visit was to congratulate Marwa on his appointment.

She said the American government would also like to know the agency’s priority, present and future direction under his leadership.

“We have a long history of relationship. It was great to come see him (Marwa), to get his assessment of the situation on ground and know how to move the relationship forward,” she said.

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