Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), CON, OFR, DSS, was appointed the 11th Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA on 15th
January 2021. He resumed office on 18th January and hit the ground running with the launch of Offensive Action
Before NDLEA, Marwa’s pedigree included a meritorious military career where he served in many important positions across the
military formation including as Brigade Major, 23 Armoured Brigade; Academic Registrar, the Nigerian Defence Academy; Deputy Defense Adviser, Nigerian Embassy,
Washington DC and Defense Adviser, Nigerian Permanent Mission to the United Nations, New York.
He was at first Military Governor of Borno State (1990-1992) and later Military Administrator of Lagos State (1996-1999), where he earned a
reputation as a turnaround manager and management guru.
Post-military service, Marwa, who has Masters in Public and International Affairs (University of Pittsburgh, 1985) and
Public Administration (Harvard, 1986), also served as Nigeria’s ambassador to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland
His previous experience as Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Elimination of Drug Abuse (PACEDA) (2018-2020), prepared him for the turnaround task at the NDLEA.
Hence, Marwa hit the ground running as NDLEA Chairman with a raft of reforms aimed at resuscitating the Agency.
In no time, he invigorated NDLEA with a ramped-up drug supply reduction campaign which in 10 months delivered over 10,000 arrests, 1,000 convictions and over three million kilograms of assorted drugs and cash seized valued at over N120 billion.
He also embarked on a strategic restructuring of the Agency to make it retrofitted for modern challenges of enforcing drug laws. These include expansion of the directorates, institution of a performance reward scheme and other career incentives and repositioning of the Agency for efficiency and visibility. His efforts were rewarded with results that attracted commendations from governments of foreign countries and the Agency’s strategic partners who have shown renewed trust in NDLEA in words and action.
In his first year in charge, NDLEA gained international recognition as a regional force in drug law enforcement and attracted partnerships from similar agencies around the world.