Marwa who said this Wednesday in Abuja while briefing newsmen on the activities of NDLEA during his tenure, saying a total of 26,458 drug traffickers including 34 drug barons were also arrested within the period.
The latest support from the US Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) comes on the heels of an award of N500 million grant to fund selected projects in the agency by the Abdul Samad Rabiu Initiative (ASR Africa).
The project is funded by the US Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
The Agency’s Chairman, retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa said this during a press briefing in commemoration of the World Drug Day Monday in Abuja.
As efforts are made by concerned agencies to curb the distribution, peddling and abuse of existing ones, new and more dangerous drugs stealthily find their ways into the market on a daily basis, thereby compounding the problem.
The approval of the National Action Plan on Human Trafficking is a major breakthrough in the efforts of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and its supervising Ministry, the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in curtailing incidences of human trafficking in the Country and also a commendable determination by Government in addressing the global phenomenon.
Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd), told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York that there was no longer a “hiding place for drug traffickers” in Nigeria.
The INL donation will fund UNODC to train the Nigeria Correctional Service in the northeastern states of Borno, Gombe, and Adamawa.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu.
The NAPTIP boss who expressed mixed feeling over the 2020 United States Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report which elevated Nigeria from the previous Tier 2 Watch list to Tier 2 ranking, said the Agency is presently studying the report with a view to identifying areas of improvement and scale up the activities of the agency.
The promise was made on Monday in Abuja when the UNODC Country Representative to Nigeria, Oliver Stolpe, paid a courtesy visit to the NDLEA headquarters to congratulate Marwa on his recent appointment as chairman.
Addressing a webinar on “Tackling Cyber Crimes Amongst Youths in Nigeria” organised by Devcomradar Magazine, Oliver Stolpe, UNODC Country Representative, Nigeria stressed the urgent need to step up prevention and law enforcement efforts to counter this trend.
To guard against the outbreak of coronavirus among inmates in Nigeria Correctional Service centers, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has supported the NCS in raising awareness about COVID-19 among prisoners across the country.
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime says it is partnering Facebook and Andela to organise the second edition of Hackathon4Justice, a global programming contest.
UN Office on Drugs and Crime in collaboration with the European Union and the Nigeria Police Force unveiled a new Nigeria Handbook on Counter-Terrorism Investigations.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has revealed that Cannabis was the most widely used substance in Nigeria in 2017.
Three students of the University of Lagos have developed a software to unmask human traffickers, track, rescue and rehabilitate victims and to create awareness of the odious industry.
The Executive Director of UNODC, Yury Fedotov, said this while briefing the UN Security Council session presided over by Côte d’Ivoire.