NDLEA seized N500b worth of drugs, properties in 2 years – Marwa

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Abuja, Jan. 19, 2023 – The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) seized N500 billion worth of drugs and assets from drug barons in the last two years.

Its Chief Executive, Brig.-Gen. Mohamed Marwa (retd.), said this in Abuja on the second anniversary of his appointment.

He was appointed into the office in January 2021.

The NDLEA boss said an officer of the agency was killed last week in Sokoto State in the line of duty.

He warned that unrepentant drug barons and cartels would face tougher times in 2023 if they fail to back out of the illicit drug business.

“The seizure of assets combined with drugs is a rough figure of N500 billion.

“Of course, the value of the drugs is up in smoke because we burn them all.

 “One of our officers was killed in action last week.

“What happens in the various communities is that some of the barons build schools, clinics, and they give scholarships.

“They try to demonstrate to the communities that they are indispensable partners and helpers.

“So, when we go into such communities, they also arm some of their militants.

“So, when we go into these communities for operations, they respond in favour of the barons and we get casualties.

“What is important though is that we never allow any single incident to go unpunished.

“We never allow any of our personnel killed to be killed in vain. We always go after them,” he said. (GBN)

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