The government of the United States of America has assured the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, of more support and collaboration in different areas to enhance its capabilities against substance abuse and illicit drug trafficking in Nigeria.
The pledge was made in Abuja by Mr. Mark Hove of the Africa and Middle East Office, of the US State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.
Mr Hove paid a courtesy visit to the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) at the Agency’s headquarters.
The assurance comes on the heels of a recent official letter by the Bureau announcing the U.S. project grant to the NDLEA, following requests by Gen. Marwa during a series of meetings both in Abuja and in Washington DC.
The letter notes that the support grant will be implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Nigeria.
It covers forensic and chemical analysis capacity of the NDLEA, intelligence-led investigations through diverse resources as well as legal books, and an e-library for prosecution and other legal needs of the agency.