UK pledges £1m support to enhance NDLEA operations

UK pledges £1m support to enhance NDLEA operations

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The United Kingdom has pledged the sum of one million Pounds (£1million) worth of support to enhance the operations of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

The gesture for the 2022 is in additional to provision over a period of three years, according to the Director, Home Office International Operations, Nick Fowler.

A statement by the agency’s spokesman, Babafemi Femi on Friday, said Fowler the team, comprising Julie Hartfree, Africa Regional Director and Kris Hawksfield, West Africa Regional Manager, both of Home Office International Operations on a courtesy visit to the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Mohamed Buba Marwa on Thursday.

In his welcome remarks, Marwa expressed appreciation to the visiting UK team and the British government for past support to NDLEA.

He said with the expansion of the operations, Commands structure and staff strength of the Agency, he would need more support and collaboration from the UK government.

The NDLEA boss appealed for strengthened intelligence sharing collaboration, provision of essential operational logistics and training among others from the UK government.

Responding, Nick Fowler commended Marwa for the huge success NDLEA has become under his leadership.

He revealed that the Agency has been able to play a significant role by intercepting loads of illicit drugs going to the UK. He assured that his office is now well positioned to share intelligence with NDLEA.

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The British government is willing to enhance NDLEAs operations with provision of strategic equipment, logistics and training as part of a £1million plan, to be implemented in 2022 with additional support over the next three years, the UK top official assured.

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