Nigeria was elected to host the next Conference of Heads of African Drug Enforcement Agencies in 2023, HONLEA. It was the unanimous decision of the regional network at the close of its 2022 annual meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, this weekend.
The decision by other heads of counter-narcotics agencies in Africa to have Nigeria host the 2023 conference follows the country’s good relationship with others on the continent and the exemplary performance of the NDLEA. in the renewed fight against drug addiction and illicit drug trafficking.
During the week-long conference, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency President and CEO Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retired), led the Nigerian delegation in presentations on each agenda item of the discussions, where he shared the country’s experience and the successes recorded so far in the war against drugs through bilateral and multilateral cooperation with other stakeholders in Nigeria and partners at regional and international levels.
On the sidelines of the conference, he also led his team in bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Kenya, Gambia, Ghana and South Africa on areas of mutual interest such as intelligence sharing, joint operations, training and exchange programs, among others. The bilateral meetings also agreed on the establishment of technical working groups on both sides to work on memorandums of understanding that will formalize partnerships and working relationships.
Marwa had, in his discussions at the bilateral meetings, stressed the need to create new partnerships and strengthen existing partnerships between counter-narcotics agencies at the sub-regional and regional levels to make it difficult to traffic illicit drugs and the circulation of drug barons on the African continent.