News

British Government Trains NDLEA Marine Officers

The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has said that no fewer than 35 officers of its Marine Command and Seaports Operations have undergone diverse trainings organised by the United Kingdom Home Office International Operations (HOIO), in recent weeks.

Of the number, five are currently undergoing a two-week Maritime Patrol and Tactical Coxswain training by the UK’s Central Maritime Training Unit based in Southampton.

-Advertisement- Place Your Advert Here

The trainings, according to the HOIO, are to enhance the border control capabilities of the NDLEA by providing specialised training, mentoring and advanced drug detection equipment.

Director, Media & Advocacy of the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi disclosed this in a statement made available to journalNG on Saturday noted that others are being trained in Nigeria.

IMG 20230325 WA0000

Key areas covered so far include: boat handling, weapons handling, riverine operations, boarding and vessel search, among many others. Some of the trainings have been facilitated by the British Military, Nigerian Navy and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) under the Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP).

-Advertisement- Place Your Advert Here

The ongoing two-week training of five NDLEA marine officers including their first female coxswain will enable them to plan maritime deployments, pursue, stop and board vessels on the high seas.

ALSO READ -  Ag. Customs Chief Meets Area Controllers, Guild of Editors in Lagos

While thanking the UK government for its continued support and commitment in helping the NDLEA to enhance its capacity and capabilities to tackle drug trafficking, Chairman/Chief Executive of the Agency, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Rtd) urged the officers to remain steadfast in their professional calling and ensure they bring to bear the essence of the training on their formations and colleagues.

 

He assured them that he will continue to prioritise training and retraining for all officers, men and women of the Agency.

-Advertisement- Place Your Advert Here

IMG 20230325 WA00012

Kris Hawksfield, the Home Office International Operations Regional Manager for West Africa in his remark during his visit to the team undergoing training in Southampton stated that HOIO was immensely proud and honoured to work with and support the work of NDLEA.

He added that the UK remains committed to strengthening the mutually beneficial work of the Agency to interdict, seize and destroy illicit substances and drugs which would otherwise harm Nigeria and the UK.

Ismail Aniemu

Ismail Aniemu, Publisher of JournalNG and ghost writer, is a maritime journalist of over two decades' of practice with multidisciplinary background. He holds a masters degree in Transport Management from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology(LAUTECH) with bias for logistics. He is also an alumnus of the Times Journalism Institute where he obtained a post graduate diploma in Journalism. Email: ismail.aniemu@aol.com

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button