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Nigeria, India Agree To Share Intelligence On Drug Trafficking Gangs, Assets Forfeiture

December 13, 2022

The countries agreed to share intelligence on the activities of drug trafficking syndicates operating vulnerable drug routes between both nations.


The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says Nigeria has agreed to share vital intelligence on drug trafficking with India.

The countries agreed to share intelligence on the activities of drug trafficking syndicates operating vulnerable drug routes between both nations.

This is contained in a statement issued by the NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi on Tuesday. According to the statement, India also agreed to strengthen the capacity of NDLEA officers through training.

“This was part of recommendations and agreements reached at the end of a two-day bilateral meeting held in New Delhi, India between an NDLEA delegation led by its Chairman, Mohammed Buba Marwa, and a delegation of the Indian Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), led by its Director General, Satya Narayan Pradhan,” Femi said.


According to the statement, the meeting also recommended the exchange of best practices in drug demand reduction and sharing of real-time information on the involvement of the nationals of both countries in drug trafficking as well as the conduct of joint operations.

They also agreed to hold another bilateral meeting in Nigeria in 2023.


He explained that another key objective of the meeting was the collaboration between NDLEA and NCB on how to control the importation of tramadol above 100 mg as well as certain categories of precursors into Nigeria.

Marwa underscored the importance of the meeting to the global action against drug trafficking given the historical antecedents of both countries, the commonality of language, legal systems, population, and the existing robust trade relations.

He also reiterated the need for strengthened collaboration between the two agencies in the fight against illicit drug cultivation, production, and trafficking. Highlighting Nigeria’s drug use and trafficking challenges, Marwa noted the increased national efforts to adopt a balanced approach to addressing both the drug supply and demand reduction.

He further underlined the importance of international cooperation and stakeholders’ engagement, adding that Nigeria has a “National Drug Control Master Plan as the veritable tool for drug control and enforcement, which has facilitated effective coordination at federal and state levels and 1s being encouraged at the local government level.”


Marwa also expressed the hope that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that would define the relationship between the two agencies regarding information sharing, assets tracing, and forfeiture of assets found to be connected to, and/or proceeds, of drug trafficking, would be finalised soon.


However, Satya Narayan Pradhan of NCB, head of the Indian delegation in his remarks, welcomed the delegations of both countries for the meeting. He described drug trafficking through maritime and air routes as a challenge for both countries.

Pradhan also elaborated on trends showing the emergence of illicit drug trafficking through couriers, dark-net markets, and social media platforms with a promise to share information about the latest machinery and technologies to fight emerging threats.