US pledges more support to Nigeria’s counter narcotics,anti-terrorism efforts

US embassyBy Chuks Okoh
The United States Government has assured Nigeria of support in counter-narcotics, anti-money laundering, anti-terrorism and other transnational organised crime control.

This was disclosed by Ambassador James Entwistle during his first working visit to the national headquarters of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Ikoyi Lagos.

Ambassador James Entwistle who was accompanied by his wife, Mrs Pamela Entwistle, the US Consul General, Jeffery Hawkins and other officials of the embassy were received by the Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade.

The US envoy said that he embarked on this first official visit because crime control is a top priority consideration in the protection of lives and property.

“This is my first official visit in Nigeria after presenting my letter of credence to President Goodluck Jonathan. I am delighted to be here because of the increasing need for partnership against transnational organised crimes like drug trafficking, money laundering and terrorism.

“Our attitude is to share experience and provide military assistance through training programmes on drug control and counter terrorism” the Ambassador stated.

Ahmadu Giade in his response thanked Ambassador Entwistle for the visit and the support of America to Nigeria’s fight against narcotics.

“Our partnership with the United States government has broadened our frontiers of drug control.

“The impressive operational results recorded from training programmes sponsored by your government as well as donation of drug detection equipment has made our entry and exit points more impregnable to drug trafficking cartels” Giade stated.

The NDLEA boss promised to sustain and deepen the working relationship with the United States government.

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