The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has said it will collaborate with the Nigerian Army in the area of training and for professional support to boost the fight against illicit drugs and drug trafficking in the country.
The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the NDLEA Brigadier-General Buba Marwa, gave the indication when he visited the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, at the Army Headquarters in Abuja.
The NDLEA boss said said that the fight against drug abuse, like other enforcement campaigns, needed further training of NDLEA personnel to enhance operational efficiency and attributed most crimes in the country to drug abuse, saying over 15 million Nigerians between the age of 16 and 64 indulge in the use of illicit drugs.
According to him, there is a nexus between drug abuse and criminality as a result of irrational behaviour associated with illicit drugs and believes that criminals such as kidnappers, terrorists, and bandits among others perpetrate their evil acts under the influence of drugs.
Responding, the Chief of Army Staff,Attahiru thanked Marwa for the visit and affirmed that the collaboration between the army and NDLEA would give the fight against use and trafficking of illicit drugs a definitive boost.
He promised that the army, under his leadership, would be committed to assisting and collaborating with the NDLEA to achieve the noble objectives.