New Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Brig General Mohammed Buba Marwa has reaffirmed commitment to overhaul and expand the Agency

Brig General Mohammed Buba Marwa, who resumed office at the NDLEA Headquarters in Abuja, said the overhauling and expansion would be in line with the recommendations of the Presidential Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Drug Abuse (PACEDA).

The new chairman, who had served as chairman of PACEDA, said it would also be within existing financial constraints, and the authorisation of the appropriate superior authorities.

President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 received the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Elimination of Drug Abuse (PACEDA) report at the Council Chamber of the State House, Abuja.

The committee was constituted to research on ways drug abuse in the country could be eliminated.

The new NDLEA boss explained that the number of drug users in Nigeria was over 15 million people, across all ages.

He noted that “drug use had eaten very deeply into our social fabric as every community in Nigeria was affected, and it is the task of the Agency to check the problem”

The New Chairman vowed to resuscitate and reposition the Agency, to be effective, respected and feared by concerned criminals

He said: “Together, by the Grace of God, we will resuscitate and reposition NDLEA to full active life, to be effective, respected and feared by concerned criminals. Nigeria is the only country we have, we cannot fold our arms. We will and must eliminate the drug scourge”