Saturday, October 10, 2009

Nigeria and Britain join forces in combating drug trafficking

The British Minister for Crime Prevention Alan Campbell during his visit to Nigeria on Friday said the partnership between Britain and Nigeria in fighting illegal drug trafficking has already brought about significant results.

Operation West Bridge is a joint collaboration between Nigeria and Britain to stop drug traffickers from trafficking drugs from Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria. The British minister visited Nigeria to review Operation West Bridge.

According to intelligent reports Campbell showed that Nigeria has the most operational drug transit routes in West Africa. He said the cooperation was aiding Nigeria reduce the rate of illegal drug trafficking.

"Already Operation West Bridge is a success which is beneficial to both countries as the volume of bound substances from the country to Europe is reducing," he said.

"Nigeria is key partner in the work we are doing to clean up the mess by drug traffickers," he added.  

Nigeria's Minister for Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Michael Aondoakaa said he was grateful for the assistance of the British government in combating drug trafficking.

"UK has a sincere commitment to the global synergy against drug trafficking and this commitment gave birth to Operation West Bridge,"

The Nigerian minister also said that Nigeria's apex court had set a standard  that awarded a 15-year jail term for drug trafficking.


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