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Marwa: Global Collaboration of Anti-Narcotics Agency Crucial in War against Drug Trafficking

He expressed hope about the benefits of the strategic partnership between West Africa and Southeast Asia.

The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Retd), has said the recent discovery of clandestine laboratories for the production of methamphetamine and the seizures of captagon, fentanyl and other deadly substances in Nigeria further underscored the growing threat of illicit drugs to public health and national security.

He insisted that global collaboration of anti-narcotics agency was important to win the war against drug trafficking.

Marwa, said this in Lagos, yesterday, in his opening remarks at the Global Rapid Interdiction of Dangerous Substances (GRIDS) twinning programme being organised by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).

He said if drug trafficking cartels could maintain effective network across the globe, it would be expedient for drug law enforcement agencies to forge a clear formidable lead ahead of them in order to win the all-important fight.

According to him: “This programme is a laudable initiative and is timely, considering the proliferation of new psychotropic substances (NPS), non-medical synthetic opioids, and other dangerous substances.

“The multi-agency training on real-time communication, intelligence tools, awareness raising and the handling of dangerous substances is a welcome development aimed at intercepting narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.

“Expectedly, this will help to strengthen the capacity of law enforcement and regulatory officers across regions and promote faster and more effective cooperation among participating countries: Ghana, Nigeria, Thailand, and Vietnam. Other benefits include intelligence sharing and officer exchange programmes, which are vital to the dislodgment of transnational drug trafficking groups.”

The anti-narcotics agency boss while expressing optimism about gains of the strategic alliance between West Africa and Southeast Asia, said the programme, “is preparing a solid foundation for a more coordinated onslaught against drug trafficking cartels.”

“Apart from exposing officers to global and regional trend in new psychotropic substances (NPS) and non-medical synthetic opioids, it will also enhance the capacity of law enforcement agents to discharge their duties.”

The NDLEA boss promised that his agency would continue to take every step aimed at increasing local and international collaboration.

He added: “We are poised to tighten the noose against drug traffickers as we partner towards an integrated and balanced strategy to counter the world drug problem.”

He equally emphasised the need for greater partnership among nations.

Also speaking at the programme, Craig Nixon of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, INL, US Department of State, said, “we continue to engage our foreign partners to attain more impactful counter-narcotics and law enforcement outcomes through foreign assistance, diplomacy, and the deployment of deterrence tools,” adding that the new modality of synthetic drug trafficking poses a significant challenge to the United States.

In his remarks, Regional Technical Officer for the INCB’s GRIDS programme in West and Central Africa, Amari Bedi Olivier, congratulated the NDLEA Chairman over, “the recent historic seizure of Fentanyl.”

According to him, “the mention of this opioid in Africa is frightening, and Mr. Chairman, you had the courage to alert the world during the HONLEA on the risk of this substance on the African continent.

“Your message enabled us to launch a search in our analysis tool, called IONICS. Information has been shared with the countries concerned and investigations are ongoing.

Michael Olugbode