The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has set up a special task force to track and dismantle drug cartels behind the production and distribution of methamphetamine, popularly called Mkpuru Mmiri.

NDLEA Chairman, Brig. Gen Buba Marwa, stated this during a press briefing at the Agency’s national headquarters in Abuja on Monday.

The event was to mark his first anniversary as Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA.

He challenged communities across Nigeria to take ownership of the war against drug abuse as those in South East states are doing by standing up to those engaging in abuse and trafficking of illicit drugs.

“If you look at the preponderance of the dealers in drugs, I’m not saying anything new but the South East has the predominance and that’s a fact.

“Who are the Boko Haram people? I know they are not Yoruba and I know they are not people from Edo, but if you go to the North West and ask who are the bandits, I know they are not from Cross River or from Lagos.

“If you ask the people doing the human trafficking, the women, you know from where.

“So definitely, we have the preponderance of the drug dealers from the South East, but what more do you have; the greatest efforts by communities to rid the country and their communities of drug use is from the South East.

“Clearly, in the same South East, they are doing two things; first, they are telling their fellow travelers who are not decent, that look ‘you are the very few who are spoiling our names here. Stop it!’

“And more importantly, they are riding their communities of drug abuse, they have taken the ownership of the war themselves against drug abuse especially the Mkpuru-Mmiri.”

General Marwa boasted that soon, the result of the Agency’s efforts will be seen, if various communities collaborate adequately

“In essence, what I am saying is that, I am now taking the South East as an example, for all the other communities in Nigeria. This war has to start from the bottom, from the communities; set up your War Against Drug Abuse Committees.

While promising to build on the foundation laid in 2021, Gen. Marwa said the Agency under his leadership now has a clear roadmap to the future.

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