The Chairman and Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Marwa (retd.), has warned that tricycle owners, popularly known as Keke Marwa, would lose their investments if they were caught conveying drug traffickers or illicit substances in any part of the country.
A statement issued by the NDLEA Director of Media and Publicity, Femi Babafemi, said Marwa gave the warning on Saturday during a visit by the 36 states and FCT chairmen of Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria represented by their seven zonal chairmen to seek partnership between the agency and the TOAN in the fight against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking.
Marwa said, “You and millions of your members have all invested hundreds of millions (of naira) to buy these tricycles but let me urge and warn that many of them may lose their investments if they are caught using the tricycles to promote criminally by using them to convey drugs and drug traffickers. Please, urge your members who may be doing this to desist because the long arm of the NDLEA will soon catch them and they will only have themselves to blame.”
He, however, expressed the readiness of the NDLEA to partner with TOAN as a platform to educate their members and passengers on the dangers of illicit drugs as well as in the area of intelligence gathering.
The leader of the delegation, Aliyu Shuaibu, while thanking Marwa for receiving them, despite his busy schedule, said about 40 million Nigerians benefitted directly and indirectly from the tricycle business in the country, adding that apart from coming to seek collaboration with the NDLEA on the drug war, they visited NDLEA boss to appreciate him for introducing the tricycle as a means of transportation in Nigeria when he was the military administrator of Lagos State.
“The seed you sowed in Lagos State years ago is sustaining millions of Nigerians till today, whether as a business or means of transportation.”
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