Nigeria, South Africa partner to combat drug trafficking

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Nigeria and South Africa have set in motion efforts to curb the trafficking of illicit drugs between the two countries.

The countries are to deepen ties to ensure syndicates operating in Nigeria and South Africa are apprehended and brought to book.

A statement by the spokesperson for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Femi Babafemi, on Tuesday, said the nation’s anti-narcotic agency was in talks with its counterpart in South Africa in the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation, popularly known as HAWKS, to bring this to fruition.

“As part of efforts to combat illicit drug trafficking between Nigeria and South Africa, senior officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, have held a two-day meeting with their South African counterparts in the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation, popularly known as HAWKS, to forge stronger operational ties that will herald tough times for drug syndicates operating between the two countries,” the statement said.

It quoted the NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (retd,) represented by the agency’s Secretary, Shadrach Haruna, as saying the meeting would rekindle efforts to tackle the global drug problem.

He said the two agenc ies would come up with a Memorandum of Understanding after the meeting.