The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has pledged to restructure the modus operandi of the agency to reduce drug trafficking and other related offences in the country.
The agency promised to provide its operatives with the infrastructural framework needed to hunt down drug cartels and prosecute them.
The newly-appointed NDLEA Chairman, Col. Muhammad Abdallah, made the pledge on Thursday, while disclosing the agenda of the agency under his watch, adding that respect would be given to the rule of law.
He said, “We will take drastic measures in providing infrastructural framework needed to prosecute the fight against drug trafficking.
“Let me assure you that no drug culprit will go unpunished. We shall take the bull by the horns and lead this campaign with every sense of commitment and triumph. The agency needs drastic measures to address infrastructural deficit and provide operational resources.
“We shall strengthen the NDLEA Act and promote respect for the rule of law. Staff welfare shall be improved and logistic support provided for effective drug control. Drug trafficking and related crimes like money laundering shall be drastically reduced through strict law enforcement and provision of operational resources.”
The chairman promised to improve on the welfare of officials, adding that there would be no tolerance for corruption.
He said, “The agency will ensure that narcotic drugs are not diverted for illegal use apart from legitimate medical and scientific purposes. Deliberate and pragmatic efforts shall be made to enhance professional ethics and zero tolerance given to corruption. Aggressive anti-drug enlightenment campaigns will be initiated and sustained.”
Abdallah added that local and international partnership would be strengthened.