The Federal Government has urged world leaders to strengthen international cooperation as part of efforts to successfully combat terrorism and drug trafficking, among other forms of crimes.
This is even as Nigeria has expressed concern over incidences of illicit financial flows from developing to developed economies of the world.
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These were parts of the positions presented by Nigeria at the ongoing conference by the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, taking place in Vienna, Austria.
Spokesman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Femi Babafemi, quoted the Chairman/Chief Executive of the agency, Brig-Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Rtd), who presented Nigeria’s positions on items 6C and 7 at the meeting as saying that while nations deepen cooperation and strengthen the processes of combating the financing of terrorism and prevention of terrorists from benefitting from ransom payments, it is also important for them not to overlook the trafficking in illicit drugs.
“It is also imperative to keep an eye on, and control the proliferation of illicit traffic in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and other substances of abuse that serve as conflict multipliers leading to escalation of both the scope and intensity of violent activities. Nigeria is also worried about the existing and growing links between terrorism and other forms of crime such as corruption, illicit financial flows, money laundering, illicit trafficking in drugs, cybercrime, trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants,” Marwa said.