Signing of Memorandum of Understanding the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) of Nigeria and the Narcotics Control Bureau of India have made a significant stride in their joint efforts to combat illicit drug trafficking. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in Abuja, solidifying a robust partnership between the two countries. The move signifies a shared commitment to eliminating drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking.
Strengthening Global Drug Law Enforcement Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Retd), Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, highlighted the importance of collaboration in tackling transnational drug trafficking networks. The agreement aims to position India and Nigeria at the forefront of addressing this global challenge. Synthetic opioids and Amphetamine Type Stimulants (ATS) were specifically identified as significant threats that require joint efforts for eradication.
Impact on Health, Economy, and National Security Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ambassador Shri Balasubramanian, emphasized the adverse effects of drug trafficking on various aspects of society. He stressed that drug abuse not only impacts individual health but also jeopardizes national economies and poses a threat to national security. Recognizing the shared demographic advantages of both countries, he urged Nigeria and India to work together to address substance use issues and prevent criminal drug trade. The Indian government expressed its commitment to enforcing the provisions of the MoU, further underscoring their dedication to this collaborative endeavor.