It’s Disappointing, Politicians Frustrating Fight Against Illicit Drugs – Buba Marwa Laments

Buba Marwa, chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)

Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Buba Marwa has lamented the frustration by some politicians; that his agency is facing in its fight against hard drugs. According to the former military governor in Lagos state, his men have also arrested some of these politicians.

Marwa said this on Sunday when he featured on Channels Television’s ‘Hard Copy’. The chairman said he was “somewhat disappointed” that the drive to have public officers undergo drug-tests before they assume office did not go through.

“But the idea is not original. We are promoting what is going on already in Kano state. In kano state, all politicians under the governor’s party, aspiring for an office, must first demonstrate in the screening process that they are drug negative and I’m in full support of that,” he said.

“We have arrested politicians who either are holding political office or have retired. Recently one of them was jailed in Lagos, he was trying to smuggle 1kg, maybe to use it to run for office.

“As you know, the cartels also participate in political institutions; they actually fund candidates into the various levels so that the correct laws (that favors them) are enacted.”

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