U.S, Nigeria partner to fight drug trafficking

Zubairu Mohammed, Abuja

As part of continuing support to the Nigerian government in countering narcotics, the U.S has donated eleven pick-up trucks and transport vans to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.

In a release, the U.S. Consul General, Mr. Francis John Bray, who handed over the vehicles to the NDLEA boss, Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdullah, in Lagos, south west Nigeria said, his country stands with Nigeria in its war against drug trafficking and abuse.

He said “the United States will continue to support the NDLEA and the country of Nigeria to combat the proliferation of drug trafficking and drug abuse. This is a responsibility we share as democratic nations.”

The NDLEA Chief Executive expressed optimism that the vehicles would help the anti-narcotics agency.

“It is on account of the membership and support that we get from the U.S that we have been able to record some of our successes,”  he said.

Since the establishment of the NDLEA in 1990, the U.S. Mission to Nigeria has increased its bilateral assistance for combating narcotics trafficking in Nigeria.

In last four years, the United States says it has provided more than $10m in training and equipment to the NDLEA.

The U.S. Consul General in Lagos, the U.S. Africa Command (U.S. AFRICOM) and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs are said to have sponsored over 100 training courses since 2013 for the NDLEA, and trained 1,580 students.

The agency has received training in intelligence, evidence collection, management skills, tactical skills and instructor training.