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FG seeks collaboration among African countries on drug war

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has said that a seamless exchange of intelligence and strengthened collaboration among African countries will help the continent…

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has said that a seamless exchange of intelligence and strengthened collaboration among African countries will help the continent surmount the daunting challenges of illicit drug trafficking and abuse.
The NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), said this at the ongoing 30th Conference of Heads of Drug Law Enforcement Agencies Africa (HONLEA) in Nairobi, Kenya.
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While briefing the meeting on the gains so far recorded by Nigeria in the fight against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking, Marwa said that there is a need for all to put in place a national coordination mechanism that will ensure coordinated action against the menace, saying ‘the starting point is the harnessing of all the stakeholders by the national drug focal agency.’
“Through this national coordination and collaborative effort, Nigeria has steadily made significant efforts in tackling drug challenges and has between January 2021 and August 2022, recorded unprecedented arrests, in the region of 21,302 suspected drug traffickers, including 28 drug barons.
“In the area of prosecution, the agency has secured 3,111 convictions and seized 5.4 million kilograms of illicit substances. On Drug Demand Reduction, the Agency within the same period had brief interventions, counselling/rehabilitation for over 12,326 drug users,” Marwa said in a statement by the agency’s spokesman, Femi Babafemi on Wednesday in Abuja.
While canvassing for regional and sub-regional collaboration, the NDLEA boss said that the global drug problem has placed higher demands on countries to work round the clock to achieve this goal and consolidate the achievements recorded.
He noted, “This noble objective could be realized with the creation of an informal network of HONLEA contact persons to complement and enhance a real-time exchange of intelligence or operational information. It will also enhance more robust activities all year round.
“At the sub-regional level, countries should endeavour to establish sub-regional groups like HONLEA for strengthened collaboration under the auspices of the regional economic communities.”
Marwa further said, “The HONLEA platform offers unlimited opportunities, and it is imperative to maximize these amazing benefits by completing it with a practical form of cooperation such as the suggested HONLEA Informal Network of Contact Persons.
“This would enable regular bilateral meetings, training programs, exchange of intelligence, and the conduct of joint operations at sub-regional and regional levels if need be.”
He said this, Nigeria has done by taking practical steps to deepen collaboration at both national and international levels in countering the world drug problem in line with the principle of common and shared responsibility.
“This was done through bilateral visitations and discussions that culminated in the signing of Memorandums of Understanding with countries and organizations. Thus, Nigeria’s statement is anchored on the need to deepen collaboration to fighting a common challenge as the world is taken by storm with the exponential increase in drug trafficking and use,” he added.