The Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mohamed Buba Marwa is warning that unrepentant drug barons and cartels will face “tougher times” in 2023 if they fail to give up their illicit trade.
Mr Marwa issued the warning in Abuja at a media briefing to update the public on efforts by the agency to rid the country of illicit substance abuse and drug trafficking. The day marks the second anniversary of Mr Marwa’s assumption to the leadership of the anti-narcotics body.
He said the signs of what is to come are clear as the agency, in the first two weeks of this year, took down three major drug cartels, one of which has built extensive networks across the world while at least six of their kingpins are in NDLEA custody.
While assuring Nigerians that the agency is firmly on the task of making the country safe from illicit substances, the NDLEA boss said such may sound like an impossibility but is achievable.
He also warned citizens to be wary in their dealings with people of questionable wealth; adding that the anticipated amendment of the NDLEA Act will happen this year, thereby helping to strengthen the arm of the agency in its drug law enforcement.