The Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, retired Brigadier General Buba Marwa, has said that the removal of fine option from the NDLEA Act would strengthen the deterrence effect of court prosecution and conviction.
Marwa, on Wednesday in Abuja, said the clause was currently undergoing amendment in the National Assembly.
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 Senator Hezekiah Dimka.
This was contained in a statement by the NDLEA Director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, in Abuja.
Marwa said he had also 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, however, said the removal of the clause that allowed Judges use discretionary powers to give options of fine would resolve the jigsaw.
Marwa, while defending the N38.1 billion 2022 budget proposal, said though the allocation may not solve all the problems facing the agency, it was a great improvement on the previous budgets.
He said: “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.”
In his remarks, 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 was extraordinary.
Other members of the committee, including the Vice Chairman, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani, expressed support for the good work the NDLEA was doing.
They promised to enhance and pass the budget to enable the agency achieve greater feats next year.