- The federal government has considered the need to enhance the capacity of the NDLEA in exterminating illicit drugs trafficking
- The sum of N1 billion was approved for the purchase of lie detector scanner and night vision glasses for the agency
- Abubakar Malami, the minister of justice made this known after the weekly FEC meeting on Wednesday, March 30
Premium Times reported that N1 billion was approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for the purchase of lie detector scanner and night vision glasses.
This was revealed by Nigeria's minister of justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, on Wednesday, March 30, in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
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Malami speaking to journalists after the weekly FEC meeting said the gesture was to curb drug pushing in Nigeria, Daily Trust added.
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The minister said the two memos presented by his ministry on behalf of the agency for the contracts were approved as NDLEA
According to him, the agency had performed “wonderfully well” in dealing with the scourge associated with drugs.
He said that N498, 850,000 of the amount was approved for the supply of the eye scanning detector, adding that the remaining balance of N570,825,000 was earmarked for the purchase of digital night vision goggles.
Malami also added that the devices would go a long way in aiding the agency in the work it is already doing in the fight against drug abuse.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the NDLEA was on the verge of entering a partnership treaty with a screening and security dictator company, Smiths Detection.
A meeting was held between the NDLEA boss, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) and delegates of the company on Thursday, March 17, to discuss a possible partnership.
This was according to a Facebook post shared on the official website of the NDLEA.
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Meanwhile, NDLEA arrested two drug traffickers identified simply as Elvis Uche Iro, 53, and Uwaezuoke Ikenna Christian, 42.
The duo was said to have excreted a total of 165 wraps of illicit drugs following their arrest at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, Abuja by operatives of the NDLEA, for ingesting the illicit drug.
The director, media & advocacy of the agency, Femi Babafemi, made this disclosure through a statement issued on Sunday, March 27, on the official Facebook page of the NDLEA.