The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency says it has established a partnership with the French Government to intensify efforts to curtail the menace of drug trafficking and abuse.
The agreement was reached during a courtesy of the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Jerome Pasquier, to the NDLEA Chairman, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Marwa (retd.), a statement on Friday said.
Pasquier also assured the agency of collaboration on language training, provision of logistics, equipment and intelligence in the fight against illicit drugs in Nigeria.
The French envoy, who congratulated Marwa on his appointment, said the French government would help in the eradication of illicit substances such as cocaine, hashish, heroin, among others.
The statement quoted Pasquier as saying, “We will also help in training the staff on language as we believe Nigeria is surrounded by French speaking people and this training will ease communication between both parties. We are ready to cooperate as much as possible. We will give the necessary support. We have worked very well with the NDLEA and we believe we can do even more.”
The agency’s chairman appreciated the French Government for its support, noting that the language training had helped over time.
He said, “We will be committed to ridding this country of both the importation and exportation of illicit drugs as well as cultivation, manufacturing and processing of the same within the country.
“We have a robust relationship with France over time. Your offer of more support is well received and we will take full advantage of it. The drug war has to be more ferocious.”
Meanwhile, a Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday granted permission to the NDLEA to destroy forfeited narcotics and psychotropic substances, weighing 15.660kg and valued at about N150m.
Delivering the judgment, Justice Inyang Ekwo granted an order for forfeiture and leave to destroy the drug sought by the NDLEA in an ex-parte application made by a senior lawyer to the agency, Mike Kassa.
The NDLEA in the application marked: FJC/ABJ/CS/1142021, had prayed for “an order for forfeiture and leave to destroy, by burning in a public place, all narcotics drugs and psychotropic substances tendered in cases already prosecuted to conclusion in Abuja from January 1, 2020 to October 31, 2020 by the agency, weighing 15.660kg.”