Drug War: 650 specially trained NDLEA officers graduate from Army School

Drug War: 650 specially trained NDLEA officers graduate from Army School

By Nicholas Kalu

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has reinforced its resolve to battle drug abuse in Nigeria with the graduation of 650 officers of its Strike Force from the Nigerian Army School of Infantry (NASI) Jaji, Kaduna state after weeks of rigorous specialised training.

The Strike Force is one of NDLEA’s tactical creations of 2021 to add strength and purpose to its drug supply reduction effort by providing cover for officers and men of NDLEA who have to work in dangerous terrain while carrying out their duties.

Speaking at the ceremony on Saturday, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) said the specialised training will enhance the competence of the operatives in the special role they are playing for the Agency in the war against illicit drugs.

“It is important that I should remind you that as the Agency scales its operation against illicit drugs trafficking, your service will become increasingly essential to the successful attainment of our organisational goals. The special nature of your training requires that you serve as a force multiplier to the conventional NDLEA staff in the field.

“I have no doubt that you will measure up to the demand of the job because generations of military and paramilitary personnel have passed through this course and have distinguished themselves on the field. Moreso, the progress report I received, including on-the-spot assessment, confirmed that the objective of the course has been achieved. Therefore as you graduate today, I urge you not to rest on your oars as your competence will be tested from time to time by challenges that will recur in your career as anti-narcotic operatives,” he said.

Gen. Marwa who was represented by his Special Adviser, Col. Yakubu Bako (Retd) urged them to shun any enticement that is in conflict with the ethos of their profession as anti-narcotic operatives.

He said the merit of having the Strike Force was evident in the month of February when on two occasions the Agency was able to successfully carry out raids, seizure and destruction of a significant amount of psychotropic substances in territories, which in the past were hostile and almost out of bounds for narcotic officers.

“In Ondo State, for instance, 255 hectares of cannabis farms were destroyed across five local government areas in a seven-day operation. Similarly, in Lagos State, a notorious drug den in Patey, Lagos Island, was successfully raided in broad daylight with over 5, 000kg of cannabis and other assorted drugs seized along with the arrest of the drug kingpin and six other suspects. Both operations were dangerous, but the Strike Force unit provided the needed cover, repelled mob attacks and ensured our officers and men performed their duty safely.

“Anything that would compromise your discipline and dedication to duty should be avoided. As an anti-narcotic officer, you bear a huge obligation to remain incorruptible in the face of any temptation that might be sprung on you by drug traffickers and barons”, he added.

While 600 Strike Force operatives participated in special warfare training, 50 others had all arms drills training.

Source https://thenationonlineng.net/drug-war-650-specially-trained-ndlea-officers-graduate-from-army-school/

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