By Ekamma UBA, Senior staff writer
AS aid to its war against illicit drug deal in Nigeria, the German Government has donated six trained sniffer dogs and a Mercedes bus to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA. German Deputy Consul General, Alexandra Herr who was apparently impressed by the rear feat achieved by the nation’s anti-narcotic agency in the detection and apprehension of drug trafficking in the country said her country had been following the vigour with which NDLEA has taken the fight against drug deal in the country and the sub-regional Africa.
While making the presentation at the Shaw Road headquarters of the agency before the Director of operations and general investigations Mr Olugbenga Mabo; Herr remarked that Germany is making the presentation because it is important to have the right tools to work with; saying,
“It is important to have the right tools to work with and I commend the cooperation between Germany and Nigeria in combating drug trafficking through the aid of sniffer dogs. I am eager to see positive results in the canine operations of the Agency”.
Reacting, Mr. Mabo expressed appreciation to the German Government for the support and assured that the investment will soon lead to the dismantling of more drug trafficking syndicates in the country adding, “Twenty major arrests and seizures of narcotic drugs comprising cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, ephedrine, and cannabis with a combined weight of 17,432kg were made with the assistance of the sniffer dogs since 2009.
The contribution of Germany government has made a tremendous impact on the operations of the Agency at the airport, seaport and land borders. This additional support will ensure that more drug trafficking syndicates are dislodged.”
Informed sources said that the German canine support project to Nigeria, three officers recently completed a 16-week basic course at the Police Dog School Neustadt, Saxony Germany; bringing the current batch of donated number dogs since 2009 to fourteen and trained officers in dog handling proficiency to nine.
The German government had also donated two Toyota Hiace buses currently being used to convey the dogs to operations areas including training materials.
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