Many Boko Haram terrorists, armed bandits and kidnappers captured by the military and security agencies in the ongoing war against insurgency and banditry, have confessed during interrogation, that the greatest fear they have is the cutting off, of the supply of illicit drugs to them noting that it emboldens and facilitates their murderous activities.
Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Brig-Gen Buba Marwa (rtd) made this known on Wednesday during a visit to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Ibrahim Attahiru even as he linked the nexus of drugs usage with murderers, kidnappers, insurgents, rapists and bandits among other criminal elements.
He said, “The nation is under siege. Approximately, 15million Nigerians are users of drugs. This means one in 7 Nigerians use illicit substances. The drugs prevalence is everywhere. There is no community left out. It does not discriminate against tribe or religion. It does not known ethnicity.
“Nobody is in his right senses when they use drugs. They are fearless. Boko Haram and Bandits use drugs to enhance their satanic activities.
He continued, “The drug epidemic is everywhere. It has destroyed so many youths, there is a link between drug use and the current state of insecurity in the country, there is influence of drugs that makes some of the enemies of the state fearless.
Towards containing the menace, Marwa said, “We are here (Army headquarters) to seek collaboration. As the military operations are ongoing, we need to concurrently address the issues of drugs.
“We are trying to address this. We need more firepower. I am happy to say the Nigerian Army has been very supportive. In one operation in Edo state recently, we seized over 200 tons of cannabis. The army was very supportive. We have been arresting traffickers to Boko Haram.
Gen Marwa further solicited the support of the Chief of Army Staff saying, “We equally have a standby force accountable to me but with new recruitment, I plan to expand it. We will need special training for them. Hence I am planning to send them for Special Forces training using the Nigerian Army Training Centers.
The NDLEA boss commended the Nigerian Armed Forces for their sacrifices, courage and efforts in tackling the various security challenges in the country.
He congratulated the Army Chief on his appointment, and said the NDLEA, as the agency saddled with responsibility of tackling drug trafficking is seeking the support and collaboration with the army in tackling the menace of drug trafficking in the country.
In his remarks, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru said General Buba Marwa has shown commitment to the service of the nation, while commending the agency for its work at tackling drug trafficking.
The Army Chief further said the proceeds from drugs has fostered the insecurity in the country pledged collaboration with the NDLEA in area of sensitization of officers in relation to drug abuse.
He made it clear that the army under his watch will not tolerate use of illicit drugs saying, “Nigerian Army under my watch has zero tolerance for substance and drugs abuse.
“Nigerian Army will continue to support and collaborate with NDLEA to rid the nation of drugs”, he added.