Nigeria to deploy NDLEA, NAFDAC to borders, seaports over fears of chemical weapons
National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno with President Buhari (Opinion Nigeria)
Abuja, March 17, 2018 (AltAfrika)-The Office of the National Security Adviser has recommended the immediate deployment of operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control to Nigeria’s land borders, seaports and airports to check the increasing smuggling of chemical weapons, harmful drugs and substances into the country by criminal elements.
The recommendation was contained in a communiqué issued on Friday after a high powered Chemical Security Training Conference in Abuja
The conference was organised by the NSA and the Chemical Security Programme.
The communiqué also recommended that officers of the Nigeria Customs and the Nigeria Immigration Services must be trained on how to spot explosives, accessories, drugs, narcotics, fertilisers and other chemicals of concerns.
The ONSA’s communiqué partly read, “Considering the increase in cases of smuggling of harmful drugs, narcotics and other chemicals of concerns into Nigeria, it was agreed that NAFDAC and NDLEA should be deployed in the airports, seaports and other land ports to work in chemical anti-smuggling enforcement.
“In order to enhance their knowledge in identification of drugs, narcotics, chemicals, explosives and fertilisers on the part of the border agencies, it was agreed that the NCS, NIS and the Nigerian Ports Authority personnel deployed in borders should be given awareness on explosives, accessories, drugs, narcotics, fertilisers and other chemicals of concerns.”
The NSA, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd.), in his remarks, said the detection of drugs and chemical weapons could only be done by well-trained and motivated personnel from the security and relevant regulatory agencies.
Monguno, represented by Rear Admiral Yem Musa, who is the coordinator of the Counter-Terrorism Centre, said, “To defeat the Improvised Explosive Device networks of criminal elements and insurgents, the acquisition process and other critical phases need to be effectively disrupted.”