Pubdate: Mon, 29 Dec 2014
Source: Daily Trust (Nigeria)
Copyright: 2014 Daily Trust.
Author: Ojoma Akor
Page: 9


National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has said drug 
trafficking is becoming more sophisticated on daily basis with the 
cultivation of Indian hemp gradually spreading to the northern part 
of the country.

Head, Public Affairs of the agency Ofoyeju Mitchell stated this while 
speaking at a media roundtable in Abuja organised by the United 
Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Ofoyeju said cannabis which is cultivated more in the South is 
gradually spreading to other parts of the country just as the agency 
has discovered the abuse of unconventional drugs particularly in the 
northern part of the country. He also said the growing concern over 
how organised crime undermine stability and prosperity in Africa and 
the way it is facilitated by a wide range of people places a demand 
on the reporter to be accurate, analytical and fearless noting there 
is need to carry out research on how drug cartels and organised 
criminal groups work.

Coordinator of the "Response to drugs and related organised crimes in 
Nigeria" project, Harsheth Virk, said the European Union is 
supporting the Nigerian government with about 34.5 million Euros in 
fighting drug production, trafficking and use, and in curbing related 
organised crime in the country.
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