As part of its efforts to prevent drug trafficking via the waterways, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Anambra State Command will fast-track plans to partner with the Nigerian Navy so as to ensure that the menace is abated.
This was disclosed by Mr. Charles Odigie, the State Public Relations Officer of the Command on radio yesterday during a live interactive programme (NDLEA and You), in Awka.
Odigie said the partnership is another plan the agency is making to nip the trafficking of drugs through the sea. According to him, drug traffickers are now adopting different transport systems to move drugs. However, the Command is not relenting, rather it will stop at nothing until all drug traffickers are removed from society.
As a matter of fact, owing to their strong resolve, a truckload of Cannabis Sativa and other banned substance weighing more than 1900 kilogrammes was intercepted by the Command in the closing week of September 2020.
He elucidated that the truckload of drugs which was intercepted at Amawbia in the state and was headed for Yobe State accentuates the fact that Anambra is a major route for drugs coming from South-South states to Northern Nigeria and other parts of Sub-saharan Africa, the reason the Command has raised its bar in intelligence gathering and raid activities.
Odigie urged all community leaders, church leaders, park owners and managers as well as other opinion leaders to continue to partner the agency in order to ensure that the society is protected from drug abuse.
It should be pointed out also that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai has stressed that the Nigerian Army will continue to carry out its duties of tackling insurgency, banditry, criminalities and safeguarding the territorial integrity of the country without partiality drug trafficking through waterways.