UK promises £1million support to NDLEA as Marwa seeks more help

The United Kingdom has said it will provide One Million Pounds (£1million) worth of support to enhance the operations of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA in 2022 and additional provision over a period of three years.


This was disclosed by the Director, Home Office International Operations, Nick Fowler when he led a team comprising Julie Hartfree, Africa Regional Director and Kris Hawksfield, West Africa Regional Manager, both of Home Office International Operations on a courtesy visit to the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) on Thursday 9th June.

Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) (2nd l) in a handshake with the Director, Home Office International Operations, Nick Fowler when the UK Home Office top official led a team on a courtesy visit to the NDLEA headquarters in Abuja on Thursday 9th June 2022


In his welcome remarks, Marwa expressed appreciation to the visiting UK team and the British government for past support to NDLEA. He said with the expansion of the operations, commands structure and staff strength of the Agency, he would need more support and collaboration from the UK government.

Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) (2nd l) presenting a copy of the Agency’s official magazine to the Director, Home Office International Operations, Nick Fowler when the UK Home Office top official led a team on a courtesy visit to the NDLEA headquarters in Abuja on Thursday 9th June 2022

While stating that the President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government has been very supportive of the work of the Agency in critical areas, Marwa asked for strengthened intelligence sharing collaboration, provision of essential operational logistics and training among others from the UK government.

Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) (m) and Director, Home Office International Operations, Nick Fowler (4th r) flanked from left: Military Assistant to NDLEA Chairman, Lt. Col. Murtala Aminu; Director of Intelligence, Sunday Zirangey; Agency Secretary, Shadrach Haruna; Africa Regional Director, Julie Hartfree; West Africa Regional Manager, Kris Hawksfield; Director, Prosecution and Legal Services, Sunday Joseph and Director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, when the UK Home Office top officials paid a courtesy call on the NDLEA boss at the Agency’s headquarters in Abuja on Thursday 9th June 2022
Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) (2nd l) and Director, Home Office International Operations, Nick Fowler (2nd r) flanked by Africa Regional Director, Julie Hartfree (l) and West Africa Regional Manager, Kris Hawksfield, when the UK Home Office top officials paid a courtesy call on the NDLEA boss at the Agency’s headquarters in Abuja on Thursday 9th June 2022


In his response, Nick Fowler commended Marwa for the huge success NDLEA has become under his leadership. He said the Agency has been able to play a significant role by intercepting loads of illicit drugs going to the UK. He assured that his office is now well positioned to share intelligence with NDLEA.
The UK top official also said the British government is willing to enhance NDLEA’s operations with provision of strategic equipment, logistics and training as part of a £1million plan, to be implemented in 2022 with additional support over the next three years.

Femi Babafemi
Director, Media & Advocacy
NDLEA Headquarters Abuja
Friday 10th June 2022

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