The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), The Interpol and other relevant agencies have seized 881.100kgs of illicit drugs as a result of a joint operation conducted in Sokoto State, as well as the Nigeria-Niger border.
Retired Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, the Chairman of the agency, revealed this in Sokoto on Friday at the closing ceremony of a five-day Joint Training and Operations Exercise, between Nigeria and the Niger republic.
The programme was organised by the Interpol in conjunction with ECOWAS in Sokoto. Abdallah stated that the seizures were made sequel to the joint operation code-named, “Operation Ninibo, Nigeria-Niger border.”
Furthermore, the NDLEA Boss stated that six suspects, including a 12-year-old boy, were arrested during the operation. He gave the analysis of the seizures as: Diazepam 67.10kgs, Tramadol 22.60kgs, cough syrup with codeine 794kgs and 30kgs of cannabis.
“There is robust existing Protocol between Nigeria and the Niger republic, which is the background of these efforts to rid the region of illicit drugs. It is against this background that the agency is currently working out modalities to engage member states of the sub-region on bilateral agreements. This will lead to the signing of Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) that will strengthen cooperation, enhance intelligence sharing and mitigate constraints,” Abdallah said.