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In preparation for peaceful inaugurations at various levels of government on May 29, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has initiated a nationwide operation called ‘Operation Mop Up’ to eradicate drug joints and apprehend individuals involved in illicit substance trade, aiming to eliminate contributors to crime and violence.
Within the initial days of the operation, a total of 534 suspects have been arrested, and a significant amount of illicit drugs, including cocaine, heroin, and various other psychoactive substances, have been seized across different states and the FCT.
Notable areas with substantial arrests and drug seizures include Lagos, Kano, Plateau, and others.
Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) who authorized the operation expressed his appreciation for the professionalism and adherence to the agency’s standard operating procedure demonstrated by the officers and personnel involved in the exercise at state commands and other units.
“I am pleased with the level of compliance among our commands and units in carrying out the directive to dismantle drug joints within their jurisdictions, eradicate illicit substances in such areas, and arrest all those involved,” Marwa commented.
Marwa emphasized that this operation would significantly reduce the influence of crime and violence facilitators, such as drug dealers and individuals dependent on mind-altering substances, thereby ensuring smooth inauguration ceremonies on May 29 across states and the FCT.
He urged the personnel to maintain an offensive approach against drug cartels and traffickers, relentlessly working until every gram of illicit drugs is eradicated from the streets and communities throughout the country.