By Bukar Bolori
The German Government is to build a Dog School in Nigeria for the training of sniffer dog to enhance the ongoing war on narcotics
The project is expected to cost €2 million and should be completed in the next three or four years.
The BKA liaison officer at the German embassy in Nigeria, Jan Ritterhoff gave the promise on Friday during a visit to the National Headquarters of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Abuja.
Ritterhoff commended Marwa for the great transformation he has brought to NDLEA as well as the strings of achievements especially in the areas of seizures and arrests within a very short time.
He also expressed appreciation to Marwa for granting speedy approval for the project to commence.
He assured that the dog school project where more narcotic detection dogs will be deployed and groomed will be completed in phases between the next three to four years.
Responding the NDLEA boss, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the German government over ongoing efforts to boost the operational capability of the Agency with a world-class narcotic detection dog training facility.
Marwa, while addressing Ritterhoff, who paid him a visit to discuss modalities for the project’s take off, expressed appreciation for past supports to the NDLEA especially in the areas of training, supply of drugs detection dogs, and vehicles, adding that the €2 million dog training school being planned for the agency will further boost NDLEA’s operations.
The NDLEA chairman said drug trafficking is a complex and dynamic crime, which demands that the agency must always be a step ahead of drug cartels. As such, he urged the German government to consider donating more dogs to the agency to be able to cover more areas of responsibility.
Gen. Marwa said through the support of the Germans, a total of over 26 major arrests and seizures of narcotic drugs including Cocaine, Heroin, Methamphetamine, Ephedrine and Cannabis with a combined weight of over 17.932 metric tons, were made with the assistance of the narcotic detection dogs.