24 May 2014

Nigeria: Security Operatives Move to Unearth Local Boko Haram Sponsors

Lagos — With reports alleging that Nigerian terrorist groups, including the deadly Boko Haram, are financed by drug cartels in Latin America and other locations across Africa, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has began a manhunt for drug dealers, who may have pitched their tents in Nigeria.

The agency, Sunday Independent found, has began a search for those who use conventional businesses to hide their illicit drug businesses.

Also, an anti-narcotic agent at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Ikeja disclosed on Friday that some businessmen, who claim to be importers and exporters, freight forwarders, customs clearing agents, shop owners, and big time traders are involved in drug trafficking.

According to him, some boutiques in high-brow areas like Allen Avenue, Opebi, Toyin Street, Ogunlana Drive, Lekki, Ikoyi and Victoria Island in Lagos are under the close watch of NDLEA agents.

It has also been revealed that Nigeria's anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), through the West African Regional Security Initiative of the United States, got nearly $3.7 million in assistance in the 2013 fiscal year, to help Nigeria counter corruption, money laundering, and terrorist financing, and help reform the police and promote the rule of law.

The battle to comb the country of illicit drugs yielded results with the seizure of N240 million between January-March this year.

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