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UK border force commends NDLEA for massive drug seizures

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Gen Mohamed Buba Marwa (Rtd), Chairman/Chief Executive, NDLEA, receiving Mallam Modibbo Hamman Tukur, CEO NFIU during a courtesy visit to NDLEA National Headquarters, Abuja<br />

The United Kingdom Border Force of Europe and International has commended the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for its remarkable seizures in the last few weeks under Gen. Buba Marwa’s watch.

Its Regional Operations Manager, West Africa, Kris Hawksfield, gave the commendation during his visit to Marwa on Monday at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja.

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Hawksfield said: “Since your appointment, there has been a flurry of activities. There have been huge seizures across commands. The cocaine seizure at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport was massive and for this, NDLEA must be recognised and commended. Accept my huge congratulations.”

He further maintained that “the result NDLEA is recording is far above anyone organisation under our project across the globe. We must continue to work on our relationship to make sure that what is happening in Nigeria continues.”

Marwa appreciated the UK Border Force for the technical support it had rendered to the agency in the last four years.

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“NDLEA has felt the impact of your four-year project. The project has benefitted the agency in the area of training, infrastructure, equipment and intelligence sharing. We look forward to a more robust technical assistance in the subsequent phases of the project,” he said.

There has been a paradigm shift in the NDLEA since Marwa took over leadership of the ailing agency. A few days after at least three cocaine cartels were busted at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, another trafficker, Ukaegbu Bright Onyekachi, was nabbed last week with 3.30 kilogrammes of the illicit drug.

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The suspect was arrested on Monday, February 1, 2021, during the inward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian Airline at the E arrival hall of the airport.

According to the Commander, MMIA Command of the NDLEA, Mr. Ahmadu Garba, Onyekachi arrived Nigeria on board Ethiopian Airways from São Paulo, Brazil, via Addis Ababa.

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