The United States Government has donated seven vehicles and other tactical equipment to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.
According to a statement on Wednesday by the US Consulate General in Lagos, the gesture was a continuation of the US government’s support for the counter-narcotics agency.
Presenting the items to the Director of Training and Manpower Development, NDLEA, Dr. Linus Opara, the US Consulate General, John Bray, emphasised the importance of law enforcement cooperation between the US and Nigeria in the fight against drug trafficking and abuse.
“We are pleased to support the NDLEA in its efforts to fight drug trafficking. We share the same objective of ridding our societies of the harmful effects of narcotics trafficking and illicit drug use,” he said.
According to the statement, items and equipment donated to the NDLEA are three Honda Accord vehicles, three Toyota Hilux trucks, one Toyota Hiace van, one Smith Detection Body Scan Unit, 16 laptop computers and 16 Analyst Notebook Software.
Others are 20 digital cameras, five electric bill counters and 25 battery power supply backup.
Bray said the items were funded through the US Africa Command Counter-narcotics and Transnational Threats Programme.
The statement added that since the establishment of the NDLEA in 1990, the US Mission to Nigeria had collaborated with the agency and had increased US bilateral assistance for combating narcotics trafficking in Nigeria.