THE National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has served notice of its readiness to wage a relentless war against illicit production, distribution, sales and consumption of illicit drugs in the country as it graduates 650 officers of its Strike Force Unit from the Nigerian Army School of Infantry, NASI, Jaji, Kaduna state.
Their graduation is coming after weeks of rigorous specialised trainings.
An elated Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa, Retd, represented by his Special Adviser, Col. Yakubu Bako, Retd, reminded the graduating Strike Force operatives of the need to be mindful of the agency’s operating matra, one of which is to remember their specialized training and skills they have acquired is to enhance their competence in the special role they will be playing for both the the Agency and country n the war against illicit drugs.
“It is important that I should remind you that as the Agency scales its operation against illicit drugs trafficking, your service will become increasingly essential to the successful attainment of our organisational goals.
“The special nature of your training requires that you serve as force multiplier to the conventional NDLEA staff in the field. I have no doubt that you will measure up to the demand of the job because generations of military and paramilitary personnel have passed through this course and have distinguished themselves on the field. Moreso, the progress report I received, including on-the-spot assessment, confirmed that the objective of the course has been achieved.
“Therefore as you graduate today, I urge you not to rest on your oars as your competence will be tested from time to time by challenges that will recur in your career as anti-narcotic operatives.”
Gen. Marwa also reminded the operatives that the Strike Force was one of NDLEA’s tactical creations of 2021 to add strength and purpose to its drug supply reduction effort by providing cover for officers and men of NDLEA who have to work in dangerous terrain while carrying out their duties.
“The merit of having the Strike Force was evident in the month of February when on two occasions the Agency was able to successfully carry our raid, seizure and destruction of a significant amount of psychotropic substance in territories which in the past were hostile and almost out of bounds for narcotic officers,” he said.
Meanwhile, operatives of the agency have destroyed 255 hectares of cannabis farms across five local government areas in a seven-day operation. Similarly, in Lagos State, they successfully raided a notorious drug den in Patey, Lagos Island, with over 5, 000kg of cannabis and other assorted drugs seized.
They also arrested the drug kingpin alongside six other suspects in what turned out to be dangerous operations in which the agency’s Strike Force Unit provided the needed cover by repelling mob attack and ensuring that the agency’s officers and men performed their duty safely.
Marwa urged all NDLEA agents to always avoid situations that are likely to compromise their commitment to their job.
“Anything that would compromise your discipline and dedication to duty should be avoided. As an anti-narcotic officer, you bear a huge obligation to remain incorruptible in the face of any temptation that might be sprung on you by drug traffickers and barons”, he added.
While about 600 of the Strike Force operatives participated in special warfare training, 50 others had all arms drills training.