There may be no more hiding place for drug offenders in Nigeria as the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) that will enable it to contribute to the pool of global criminal data and also access such records of 195 countries around the world for local use.
NDLEA Chairman/CEO Mohamed Buba Marwa, a retired one star Army general signed for the anti-narcotics agency while AIG Garba Baba Umar, Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of the National Central Bureau and Vice President, Interpol Africa, signed on behalf of the international organization.
The NDLEA boss reminded the audience at a brief ceremony at the NCB secretariat, Force Headquarters Abuja on Wednesday, 5 October 2022, that drug business is international in scope and that the scourge of drug abuse has continued to destroy lives, youths, families and communities, stressing that it also fuels criminalities because most perpetrators consume illicit substances and use proceeds to fund their nefarious criminal activities.
“As we are after the drug cartels and barons, we are not under the illusion that they wont be after us but we are always steps ahead of them. This is why all security agencies must collaborate to fight the cartels, whether in Nigeria or anywhere in the world. We are therefore happy that the signing of this MoU allows us access to contribute and benefit from criminal data records of 195 countries globally, the NDLEA boss stated,” Marwa added.
Gen. Marwa commended Inspector General of Police (IGP) Alkali Baba Usman for providing good leadership for the Nigeria Police and his commitment to partner with NDLEA in the fight against illicit drugs in Nigeria, citing the IGPs memo to all police formations across the country to always transfer drug cases to NDLEA across the states for investigation and prosecution, as a mark of such collaboration.
Speaking earlier, AIG Garba Umar commended Marwa for transforming NDLEA to a ground breaking agency within a short time of his assumption of office. He called for more support for the anti-narcotics agency from all relevant stakeholders especially security agencies.
He highlighted the significance of the MoU to the success of NDLEA operations and assured of the full support of Interpol at all times.