In its determination to fight illicit drugs in Nigeria, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA said it will ensure that it financially incapacitate and dislodge drug cartels operating in the country.
The NDLEA said, under this arrangement, it has organised capacity building programmes for both its drug enforcement staff and drug abuse treatment practitioners, even as the agency conducted institutional assessment between December 2013 and March 2014 on best law enforcement practice for an intelligence-led organisation.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, who revealed this at the weekend on the occasion of the international day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking, said the assessment covered field studies, focus groups, workshops, personal interviews and examination.
Giade said, sequel to this assessment, efforts were ongoing to strengthen the investigative capacity for in-depth and analytical investigation.
“I am pleased to inform you that the agency just apprehended a suspected drug kingpin after 13 months of high level surveillance. The suspect, Mr. Chukwunwendu Sylvester Ikejiakwu, aka ‘Blessed’ was found to be the brain behind three clandestine laboratories and leader of an international drug trafficking organisation, DTO that recruits and sponsors drug couriers to China, Malaysia, Turkey and Italy,” he revealed.
According to the NDLEA boss, the agency hoped to work with more stakeholders in the execution of drug control programmes. “The drug demand reduction functionality, capability and capacity shall be regularly reviewed to effectively provide succor to people with drug abuse problem. Our target is to balance drug supply control and demand reduction functions of the agency for optimal result.
“The agency shall continue to subscribe to an effective reward system for discipline, bravery and outstanding performance. This is expected to further motivate staff to give their best performance at all times,” Giade stated.