The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has held talks with its Pakistani counterpart, the Division of Controlled Drugs Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan, to explore ways of collaboration to restrict channels of trafficking illicit substances between Nigeria and Pakistan.
It was gathered that the agency’s Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (retd.), had approved the trip of a delegation comprising directors of the commission to a meeting in Vienna, Austria, in February, to discuss modalities on how both countries could end drug trafficking.
Among the delegates were the Director, Prosecution and Legal Services, Joseph Nbona; Director, Operations and General Investigation, Gadzama Bashir; Head, Data/Digital Intelligence, Directorate of Intelligence, Abdulrahman Adebowale; and Directorate of Seaport Operations, Aminu Jega; who were joined by the Deputy Director, Investigation and Enforcement of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Aderemi Afolabi.
These were disclosed in a statement on Saturday by the NDLEA’s Director of Media and Publicity, Femi Babafemi.
According to Babafemi, the strategic meeting, which brought officials from the two countries together to discuss their responsibilities, was held under the supervision of the International Narcotics Control Board, which is focused on improved communication and exchange of real-time intelligence using modern communication tools.
“At the end of the talks, the two delegations adopted important resolutions on how to improve their cooperation and tackle the menace of illicit drug trafficking between both countries, especially pharmaceutical opioids such as Tramadol.
“The Pakistani delegation comprised of the Director, Division of Controlled Drugs, Ahmad Din; Additional Director, Division of Controlled Drugs, Arif Muhammad; Director (Anti-Narcotics Force), Regional Directorate, North, Ammar Ali; and Section Officer, Controlled Substances Section, Ministry of Narcotics Control, Syed Bokhari.”