NDLEA Supported by U.S. for Forensic, Intelligence Gathering and Prosecution Tools
The NDLEA or National Drug Law Enforcement Agency of Nigeria will be receiving support from the United States for enhancing the drug related investigation in the country.
The U.S. government has announced a project that would be strengthening the forensic and chemical analysis capacity of NDLEA along with intelligence gathering and prosecution tools.
An official letter which announces the grant to NDLEA states that the award is followed after the request of Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, during a series of meetings with top U.S. officials both in Abuja and in Washington DC.
It has been stated that the project is implemented in Nigeria by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
The US government said that the project will not only support the forensic and chemical analysis capacity, but also it will provide efforts to conduct intelligence-led investigations through diverse resources as well as legal books and an e-library for prosecution and other legal needs of the agency.
It has been claimed that this will make the NDLEA to be better equipped to prosecute cases with reliable evidence, using improved collection, handling, and custodial procedures.
The U.S. government has appreciated in the letter about their strong and continued working relationship with Nigeria. They believe that this project will be an important step in advancing their shared goal of a united, peaceful, and stable Nigeria.
NDLEA is a federal law enforcement agency in Nigeria, responsible for the elimination of the growing, processing, manufacturing, selling, exporting, and trafficking of hard drugs, in the country and across its borders. It has the mandate to curtail illicit production, importation, exportation, sale and trafficking of psychoactive substances.
It’s employees carry out interdiction and destruction of narcotic drugs and other illicit substances. They are also engaged in preventive drug abuse activities such as advocacy, counselling, and rehabilitation of drug users.
Talking about the relationships between the U.S. and Nigeria, this is not the first time that both the nations have came together to fight the drug war. In February, 2021, the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and NDLEA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen the war on drug trafficking, boost intelligence sharing and improve coordination between the two countries.
According to the MoU, the Nigerian government and the US government were partnering in training and providing operational equipment and logistics to strengthen efforts in stopping inflow and outflow of illegal drugs.