Defence & Security

Marwa Confirms Rumour of Surgical Operation in London Hospital

Meets French experts on drug supply reduction

By Paul Michael, Abuja

The Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Rtd), has confirmed the rumour making the rounds that he undergone a surgical procedure recently in a London hospital. Saying the operation was to treat a long-standing lower back pain that was due to his sporting activities in his younger years in the Nigerian Army.

Gen Marwa stated this Thursday while responding to questions from journalists after a meeting with some French experts on drug supply reduction and law enforcement in his office at the NDLEA National Headquarters, Abuja.

When asked if he was admitted in a London hospital to undergo surgery as being rumoured, Gen Marwa said, “Indeed, I recently had surgery for long-standing lower back pain that was due to my sporting activities in my younger years in the Nigerian Army. Aside from being an avid polo player, I was an active member of the Nigerian Army athletics team in the 1970s when I participated in the long jump and triple jump events and hockey as well.”

While dismissing all other insinuations, he said he has since returned to his desk to continue his vision of strengthening the Agency and the mission of curbing drug trafficking and abuse in the country, The Trumpet gathered

“As we speak, the assignment is on course and that is the essence of the meeting with officials of Smiths Detection today,” he added.

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Earlier while speaking at the meeting, leader of the delegation and Executive Director, Africa, Smiths Detection, Mr. Gabriel Pequignot said, “The meeting was to discuss areas of partnership. You are a great partner and we are here to discuss what we can do to support what you are doing.”

Officials of Smiths Detection and their partners at the meeting include Messrs. Gabriel Pequignot; Loic Le Bret; Hani Jaffar; Max Zanoul and Joseph Marc Khoury.

In his response to the team, the NDLEA boss said, “support from Smiths Detection is a very important component of our work. We need the equipment to aid our task of drug supply reduction.”

The NDLEA boss assured that the anti-narcotics agency will continue in its stride towards the attainment of its ultimate goal of making Nigeria drug-free and will continue to respond strongly and appropriately to all issues of drug abuse and trafficking.

“We have intensified the War Against drug Abuse (WADA) campaign across the states of the federation in pursuit of our drug demand reduction goal,” he said.

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