NDLEA seeks collaboration with Nigerian Army to combat drug trafficking

 The Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa, solicited the support of the Nigerian Army incidences of drug abuse and trafficking in Nigeria.

Marwa made the call during a courtesy visit to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru in Abuja.

He said that no fewer than 15 million youths were directly or indirectly affected by drug abuse or trafficking.

Marwa drew a nexus between drug use and the current state of insecurity in Nigeria, adding that nobody in right senses would encourage anyone to kidnap children.

He said that such hoodlums used as evident in the findings made by troopers after capturing camps of .

“As the military operations are ongoing, we need to concurrently address the drug situation which is our task in the NDLEA.

“Unless these two go together, it take longer the fight against insecurity to be to a favourable conclusion,” he said.

Marwa said that the NDLEA needed more partnership with the Nigerian Army in its operations.

Responding, Attahiru said that the army would continue to support and synergise with the NDLEA in the fight against drug trafficking.

According to the chief of army staff, findings have shown that proceeds from illicit are being used to fund insecurity.

Attahiru said that the Nigerian Army had zero tolerance drug abuse.(NAN)