The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division Nigerian Army Major General Lawrence Fejokwu has assured the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Brig Gen Mohammed Buba Marwa (Rtd) of adequate support to defeat drug Abuse within its area of responsibility.
The GOC gave the assurance during a courtesy visit by the Chairman NDLEA at Headquarters 81 Division Conference Room. In his remarks the GOC stated that it is a great pleasure to receive Gen Marwa (rtd) on his first working day which is a sign that there are better days ahead. He noted that Gen Marwa (rtd) has always been writing his name in gold from the little things he does to the big things. He said some of the things he would forever be remembered for are the clearing of the traffic logjam in Lagos and the introduction of Keke-Marwa tricycle among others.
Speaking further, the GOC noted that in the light of current realities in the country, the relationship between the Division and NDLEA Lagos Command will be strengthen to improve the security of the nation. More so, it would be done as part of fulfillment of the Chief of Army Staff Vision which is to reposition the Nigerian Army to professionally defeat all adversaries in a joint environment. To this end, he assured the Chairman NDLEA of the very best of Army support.
Earlier on the Brig Gen Marwa while stating the purpose of the visit congratulated the GOC on his recent appointment as the GOC 81 Division. He noted that with the impeccable curriculum vitae of GOC, he is rest assured that the GOC would have a successful tour of duty. He further expressed the readiness of NDLEA to confront the menace of drug abuse headlong. He said this cannot be done alone but with the collaboration of the military which can provide fire power. Speaking further, he said the success made recently in Edo state where NDLEA seizes cannabis worth N1.4 billion was through the support of the Military.
Gen Marwa said insurgents in the North East have been abusing drugs and have become ruthless. He said the usage was evident each that the insurgents are dislodged from their camps there are always left over drugs in the camps. Therefore, fighting drug successfully means supporting the military as without drugs the insurgents are nothing. He therefore solicited for cooperation, and partnership of 81 Division in the fight against drug abuse in Lagos State.
Those present at the occasion are the Chief of Staff 81 Division Brig Gen NJ Edet, Division Training Officer Brig Gen S Nuhu, Lagos State Commander of Narcotics among many senior officers and NDLEA officials