Brig. General Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd), Executive Chairman of NDLEA

Why Nigeria Seeks Global Efforts Against Drug Trafficking, Terrorism ─NDLEA

*The Federal Government says as countries deepen cooperation and strengthen the processes of combating the financing of terrorism, it is also important for them not to overlook the trafficking in illicit drugs

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

While stressing the need for the global community to not overlook the trafficking in illicit drugs, the Nigerian Government has called on world leaders to strengthen international cooperation in efforts at combating terrorism and drug trafficking, among other crimes.

The government expressed concern over incidence of illicit financial flows from developing to developed economies, including Nigeria, agency report said.

The country’s call for greater collaboration in this regard was reported to be part of the positions Nigeria presented at a convention of the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, in Vienna, Austria.

Brig. General Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd), Executive Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), presented Nigeria’s positions on items 6C and 7 at the meeting.

Marwa stated as nations deepen cooperation and strengthen the processes of combating the financing of terrorism and prevention of terrorists from benefitting payment of ransom, it is also important for them not to overlook the trafficking in illicit drugs.

The NDLEA Chief noted: “It is also imperative to keep an eye on, and control the proliferation of illicit traffic in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and other substances of abuse that serve as conflict multipliers leading to escalation of both the scope and intensity of violent activities.

“Nigeria is also worried about the existing and growing links between terrorism and other forms of crime such as corruption, illicit financial flows, money laundering, illicit trafficking in drugs, cybercrime, trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants.

He further submitted: “We, therefore, call on states to strengthen international cooperation to combat these links by providing information, intelligence sharing, mutual legal assistance, logistics support and military cooperation and other forms of technical assistance to enhance the capacity of security personnel to combat this new and ugly phenomenon.”

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