Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has warned tricycle owners, popularly known as Keke Marwa, that they will lose their investments if they are caught using the popular means of transportation to move drug traffickers or illicit substances in any part of the country.
Marwa issued the warning at the weekend when all the 36 states chairmen including the FCT of Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria, TOAN, represented by seven zonal chairmen of the body, paid him a visit in Abuja to seek partnership between the NDLEA and the association in the fight against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking.
Marwa said “you and millions of your members have all invested hundreds of millions 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 criminalities by using them to convey drugs and drug traffickers. Please urge your members who may be doing this to desist because the long arms of the NDLEA will soon catch them and they will only have themselves to blame.”
The NDLEA chairman nevertheless expressed the readiness of the Agency to partner with the association as a platform to educate their members and passengers on the dangers of illicit drugs as well as in the area of intelligence gathering.