By Bukar Bolori
Chairman/ Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Retd) has reiterated the commitment of the agency to make it highly risky to traffic in drugs and psychotropic substances in the country.
Marwa gave the assurance on Wednesday during the handing over ceremony of a provisional detention facility equipped by the United Kingdom Border Force to the NDLEA.
The NDLEA boss who was represented at the occasion by the agency secretary, Mr. Shadrach Haruna, noted that the drug war is daily receiving a boost especially with the recent launch of the National Drug Control Master Plan (NDCMP 2021-2025), which was funded by the European Union under the supervision of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
He said: “The resources committed to the project clearly demonstrates the commitment of the United Kingdom to fostering international cooperation to fight the enduring problem of drug trafficking in Nigeria”.
He thanked the UK Border Force for the facility and promised that the agency will make judicious use of it.
The UK Border Force has been rendering assistance to the agency in the areas of training, mentoring, provision of detection technology and other key infrastructure.
The regional operations manager, (West Africa), Mr. Christopher Hawksfield who was represented by Ms. Marie Maxwell gave assurance that the UK government will continue to partner with Nigeria in the fight against illicit drug trafficking across the globe. He noted that the facility would improve the efficiency of officers and men of NDLEA at the airport and the well being of suspects before they are charged to court.
Among the facilities handed over are: a targeting office, an exhibit room, legal seat, two temporary detention facilities for male and female, computer sets as well as office equipment.
The Commander, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Command of NDLEA, Kabiru Sani Tsakuwa thanked the UK government and management of NDLEA for their support in making the Command’s work easier.
Present at the occasion were the NDLEA Director of Airport Operations, Mrs. Joyce Titus Awogbuyi; Coordinator, International Affairs, Mrs. Kennechi Nnoruka, representatives from Nigerian Customs Service, Immigration, DSS and Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN.