The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said the United States government has assured it of more support and collaboration in different areas of its strategic operations to enhance its capabilities against substance abuse and illicit drug trafficking in Nigeria.
NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, said the assurance was given by Dr. Mark Hove of the Africa and Middle East Office, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, US State Department, on Thursday, when he led another top official of the Bureau, Craig Nixon, on a courtesy visit to the chairman/chief executive officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Marwa (retd), at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja.
He said this is coming after a recent official letter by the Bureau announcing the U.S. project grant to the NDLEA following requests by Gen. Marwa during series of meetings both in Abuja and in Washington DC.
The letter had noted that the support grant, which will be implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Nigeria, covers forensic and chemical analysis capacity of the agency, intelligence-led investigations through diverse resources as well as legal books and an e-library for prosecution and other legal needs of the anti-narcotics agency.
Speaking during the visit, Hove commended the tremendous work done so far by the Marwa-led NDLEA while expressing satisfaction with the response of the agency to the threat of lethal illicit drugs such as Fentanyl, Captagon and Methamphetamine.
He cited the recent seizure of over 2.1 tons of cocaine in Ikorodu area of Lagos State by NDLEA as an incredible feat.