British Minister for Crime Reduction, Alan Campbell, has called for a global cooperation to fight drug related crimes, saying :‘No single country could combat drug related crimes on its own’
“That means putting in place a level of security; identifying those people and sharing information and taking action to make sure that these people are stopped”, said Campbell, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Saturday
The British Minister said UK will intensify its war against drug trafficking in Nigeria following a memorandum of mutual understanding it signed with the government last April to fight drug related crime
Campbell said his country decided to collaborate with Nigeria because of its strategic importance with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and in Africa.
According to him, Britain knew where the drugs were trafficked through West Africa, and that his visit to Nigeria was because the country was key to his country’s fight against drug trafficking that “might originate from South America, and brought down to West Africa through which it eventually arrives in the UK.”
Campbell said the level of security at the Lagos airport was impressive, adding “obviously our officials are working very closely with the airport authority to combat this menace. We need to send a very strong message to people that traffic or produce drugs.
We want to make Nigeria and elsewhere a hostile environment for drug traffickers and we need to send a very strong message that we are not going to sit back and allow drugs to damage our society and that means putting in place a level of security, identifying those people and sharing information”.
The Director-General of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Lanre Ipinmisho said he was encouraged by the visit of Mr. Campbell and his team. “We should work harder and work well with other collaborators and other partners,” he said.