The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Rtd) has charged newly trained 2,500 personnel of the Agency ready for deployment to stand firm and reject insidious temptations that will come their way from drug barons and cartels.
According to a statement issued on Thursday by Femi Babafemi, NDLEA’s Director of Media & Advocacy, Marwa spoke on Thursday during the passing out parade of the newly trained Narcotic Agents and Narcotic Assistants in Katsina.
The NDLEA boss reminded the new personnel that they could not afford to compromise on their work as their efforts would directly impact the safety and well-being of their families, communities, and the country at large.
He said, “I believe that before you reported at the Academy, you must have read and heard about the good works of NDLEA officers. Today, the door is open for you to contribute your quota. NDLEA has a storied history of dedication and resilience in the face of adversity.
“We are in a new epoch in which we approach the fight against drug trafficking organizations with an indomitable spirit and determination to break their stranglehold on society.
“In the renewed war on illicit drugs, NDLEA is employing the latest techniques, technologies, and intelligence to curb the menace. Hence, I can assure you that you are coming into the Agency at a time when the job has become challenging but exciting and gratifying as well.”
Marwa was represented at the ceremony by his Special Adviser, Col. Yakubu Bako (Rtd).
He said the Agency launched an offensive action to put traffickers and barons on the defensive.
“In the pursuit of the solemn duties of our mandate, it is vital for you to recognise and vehemently reject the insidious temptations of bribery and corruption that often accompany the drug trade.
“Drug traffickers and their cohorts, who readily use the trap of financial gain to push their nefarious objectives, would attempt to compromise the integrity of anti-narcotic law enforcement officers. Therefore, the officers and men of NDLEA must remain impervious to these temptations.
“We should be reminded at all times that the fight against drug traffickers is a noble cause rooted in the unwavering commitment to eradicate the suffering and devastation caused by the illicit drug trade.
“Therefore, I implore you to stand firm in the face of these temptations, to act with integrity, and to uphold the core values of NDLEA.
“Our duty is sacred. Our commitment is a beacon of hope for victims of the drug scourge. Our loyalty to the cause, therefore, should be absolute and unalloyed”, Marwa added.