US approves forensic, intelligence support for NDLEA to boost war against illicit drugs

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The United States government has approved support that will strengthen forensic and chemical analysis, intelligence gathering and prosecution capability of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to boost the war against illicit drugs in Nigeria.

This was announced in a statement issued on Monday by NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, noting that the intervention will be coordinated by the US Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

Babafemi explained that the support followed requests by NDLEA Chairman, Mohamed Buba Marwa, during a series of meetings with American officials in Abuja and Washington, D.C.

The approval letter sent to Marwa revealed that “the project will be implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Nigeria”.

It added that “the support will boost NDLEA’s intelligence-led investigations through diverse resources, legal books, e-library for prosecution and others”.

Babafemi stated that with the support, the NDLEA would be better equipped to prosecute cases with strong evidence, using improved collection, handling, and custodial procedures.

The US government expressed confidence that the project “will be an important step in advancing our shared goal of a united, peaceful and stable Nigeria.”