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NDLEA arrested 18,940 traffickers in 18 months – Marwa

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Chairman of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (retd.), has confirmed that the anti-narcotics agency has arrested 18,940 drug traffickers in the last 18 months.

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He confirmed the arrest in Abuja on Thursday, August 18, during a one-day drug awareness conference, 2022 titled, ‘Drug and Substance Abuse: The Effect on Mental Health and National Security.’

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Marwa said, ”Today, the public is familiar with NDLEA’s arrests, prosecutions, convictions and seizures. We are doing much more behind the scene.

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”We are scaling up efforts for the prevention, treatment, care and rehabilitation of drug-dependent individuals in our facilities.

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”In this regard, we have counselled, treated and rehabilitated not less than 12, 326 in the past 18 months.

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”In collaboration with the support of UNODC we have launched standard guidelines for our counselling in all our centres.

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Marwa also noted that the agency had inaugurated a drug abuse call centre with the toll-free helpline 0800-1020-3040 where drug users, their families or employers can call in for help and are offered teletherapy services by certified professionals.

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”They include counsellors, psychologists, psychotherapists and other mental health experts. And this is free of charge – both the call itself and the services offered are free,” he said.

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He stated that NDLEA had found out that there was a strong nexus between illicit drugs and the spate of insecurity being unleashed by terrorists, bandits and other non-state destabilising actors.

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Amb. Mohammed Ahmed, representing the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd), noted that the country is experiencing rising demand and trafficking of illicit drugs, adding that the ugly development had given rise to crimes, banditry, and other related security challenges.

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