Rtd Brig-Gen. Buba Marwa, the Chairman of, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), is seeking the removal of fine options from the NDLEA act.
This, according to him, would strengthen the deterrence effect of court prosecution and conviction.
The NDLEA boss stated this in his remarks while defending the 2022 NDLEA budget proposal before the Senate Committee on Drugs and Narcotics chaired by Sen. Hezekiah Dimka on Wednesday in Abuja
The clause that allowed for the option of fine for drug offenders from the agency’s Act was currently undergoing amendment in the National Assembly.
Marwa said that he had visited the Chief Judge, Federal High Court of Nigeria, Justice John Tsoho, on the issue of ridiculous options of fine given to some drug traffickers.
He said the removal of the clause that allowed Judges to use discretionary powers to give options of fine would resolve the issue.
While defending the N38.1billion 2022 budget proposal, Marwa said though the allocation may not solve all the problems facing the agency it was a great improvement on the previous budgets.
“As such, we want to thank President Muhammadu Buhari, the Finance Minister, Attorney General and Minister of Justice and more importantly, the leadership of the National Assembly and this esteemed Committee on Drugs and Narcotics for giving us all the support we need to make the progress being talked about today”, he stated.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Committee congratulated Marwa for the successes recorded by the agency since his assumption of office.
Dimka added that there was no doubt that Marwa’s approach and manner of operations in the fight against drug trafficking and abuse were extraordinary.
Other members of the committee including the Vice-Chairman, Sen. Chimaroke Nnamani, expressed support for the good work the NDLEA was doing.
They promised to enhance and pass the budget to enable the agency to achieve greater feats next year.