The Chief Executive of the Nigeria’s anti-drug agency, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig.
Marwa gave the charge at the special operations training graduation ceremony for 143 officers of the Strike Force Corps at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry, NASI, Jaji, Kaduna state.
According to the NDLEA boss, “the drug scourge in Nigeria is unacceptable with almost 15 million Nigerians abusing substances, 20 percent of who are addicted, which is three times the global average.
We’re conscious of our job to block and prevent availability of narcotic drugs, and that necessitated the formation of the Strike Force to enhance our capability for complex operations.
He said: “The Strike Force is the tip of spear in our interdiction efforts and as such we must keep the tip sharpened and always ready to strike because we need to be two steps ahead of drug barons and cartels operating in the country.
“With the training and graduation of these officers and men today, we serve a notice to the drug barons and cartels who are yet to get the message to quit the criminal trade that these well trained officers and men are coming to smoke them out as a formidable force anywhere in the country.
As we equip and arm you well, be ruthless with the criminal gangs and merchants of death.
Equally, I will implore you to display professionalism, discipline and respect for human rights in your operations,” Marwa added.
He noted that another batch of officers and men of NDLEA would be sent to NASI for similar training in the coming weeks.
The NDLEA boss commended the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen.
Farouk Yahaya, and the Armed Forces for the successes recorded so far in the fight against insecurity in the country.
He tasked them not to rest on their oars “because fighting insecurity is not like a football match that ends at the end of 90 minutes.
While reminding the new graduands of their position within the Agency, Gen.
Marwa said: “Note that the special nature of your training will require you to serve as a force multiplier to the conventional NDLEA officers in the field.
“Let me warn you of the hazard along the way.
It will come in various forms, ranging from physical assaults to stupendous temptations by traders and traffickers of illicit drugs.
When the tempests arise, rise above them.
Let your sense of duty remain uncompromised.
Be ruthless with drug traffickers -NDLEA Boss