The United Kingdom Border Force has made available improved detection technology and the donation of detention facility to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) to boost narcotics war in Nigeria.
At the handling over of the detention facility located at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja,Representative of the UK Border Force,Ms. Marie Maxwell assured that the UK Government will continue to partner with Nigeria in the fight against illicit drug trafficking across the globe.
She noted that the facility would improve the efficiency of officers and men of NDLEA at the airport and the well being of suspects before they are charged to court.
Among the facilities handed over are: a targeting office, an exhibit room, legal seat, two temporary detention facilities for male and female, computer sets as well as office equipment.
The UK Border Force has been rendering assistance to the Agency in the areas of training, mentoring, provision of detection technology and other key infrastructure.
Receiving the provisional detention facility, Chairman/ Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa Retired noted that the drug war is daily receiving a boost especially with the recent launch of the National Drug Control Master Plan (NDCMP 2021-2025), which was funded by the European Union under the supervision of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
Gen. Marwa who was represented at the occasion by the Agency Secretary, Mr. Shadrach Haruna assured of judicious use of the resources which he said was an indication of the commitment of UK’s Government to anti- drug war in Nigeria.