New tactics to combat drug misuse and illegal trafficking have been announced by the Federal Capital Territory command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
Tsakuwa praised the FCT for being a cultural crossroads and a vital transportation hub for the country’s southern region.
The key entry points have been a focus of increased interdiction activities, he said.
He noted that these facilities were in addition to the various parks and gardens that serve as gathering places for the community.
He added that major access points like the Abaji-Lokoja route, Gwagwalada-Kwali road, Bwari-Jere road, and the Mararaba/Nyanya road had been provided with a motorized patrol that was properly planned and guided by intelligence.
According to Tsakuwa, “this has helped the command tremendously in checking those that may want to take advantage of the busy roads to traffic drugs along these routes into the FCT directly or on transit as the case may be.”
“We also embark on aggressive advocacy visits to all the stakeholders within the FCT, particularly the traditional rulers to ask for their support,” he said.
“This has helped to educate the public about the importance of the fight against drug abuse and illegal trafficking.
We also make use of the call center that retired Brigadier General Buba Marwa, Chairman of the NDLEA, set up at the following number: (080010203040).
As the network’s creators put it, “the platform is purposely created to enable the public to pass information on 24/7 bases about drug activities in their areas, or about drug dependent persons who may need help without having to disclose their identity for prompt action or response.”