The Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (retd), says narcotic detection dogs assisted the agency in its recent seizures.
He said the completion of the multi-million naira world class narcotic dog detection facility donated by the German government will boost its operations.
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He made this known recently when the BKA liaison officer at the German embassy in Nigeria, Jan-Peter Ritterhoff, paid him a visit to discuss modalities for the project’s take off.
Gen. Marwa said through the support of the Germans, 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.
He said the €2 million dog training school being planned for the agency will further boost NDLEA’s operations.
While pleading with the German government for more dogs, Marwa said drug trafficking is a complex and dynamic crime, which demands that the agency must always be a step ahead of drug cartels.
In his response, 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, and expressed appreciation for 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.