The Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Gen. Buba Marwa (retd.), has bemoaned the severe effects of drug abuse on society, particularly in the area of violent crimes.
Marwa, who paid a courtesy visit to the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, at the Government House, vowed to tackle the menace.
The NDLEA Chairman was in the state for the passing out of newly-trained officers, among other activities.
In a statement by Lalong’s Director of Press and Public Affairs, Macham Makut, on Wednesday said Marwa pointed out that the menace of drug abuse was a nationwide problem that had fuelled violent crimes and insecurity in many parts of Nigeria, including Plateau State.
Marwa said the NDLEA had worked out strategies for stopping the acquisition and distribution of narcotic substances, as well as engaging in enlightenment to get the society on board to fight the menace.
The statement reads, “Marwa said it was for this reason that the agency has not only stopped at seizure, arrest and prosecution of drug traffickers but also recommended compulsory tests for public office holders, intending couples and others in order to facilitate the rehabilitation and management of those who are already using drugs”.
Speaking, Lalong said the NDLEA had done a lot in Nigeria, and in particular Plateau State, by arresting drug kingpins and reducing the rate of violent crimes.
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