The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA said it has no request to buy sniffer dogs in its 2023 budget proposal as insinuated in some reports, clarifying that its position on the cost of specialized dogs was in response to a question by the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Drugs and Narcotics, Francis Ottah Agbo, on the need for sniffer dogs at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
NDLEA in a statement yesterday by its spokesman, Femi Babafemi, said its Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), had on Thursday while defending its 2023 budget before the House of Representatives Committee on Drugs and Narcotics explained in response to Hon. Agbo’s comment, that the total package of getting a specialized dog including its training costs an average of $15,000 – $20,000.
“These are dogs that are able to detect up to 70 different types of drugs and substances. This is indeed open source information that can be verified online by anyone interested in knowing the facts about this kind of dogs.
“It is on record that Gen. Marwa however stated in his response to Hon. Agbo’s comment that in addition to the fact that the Agency has and uses sniffer dogs provided by the German government, it has acquired new scanners for use at the nation’s airports. All of these have been largely responsible for the daily arrests and seizures made by officers and men of the Agency.
“We remain grateful to the German government, which has not only provided the sniffer dogs currently being used by the agency and has even added more this year but is also building a sniffer dog academy for the use of NDLEA and others in the sub-region. This is why the Agency has not and did not make any request for the specialized dogs in its current budget proposal before the National Assembly.
“This explanation is therefore provided to contextualize the statement credited to Gen. Marwa and clear all insinuations on the possibility of such request for sniffer dogs in the Agency’s 2023 budget proposal,” Babafemi said in a statement.