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FG approves $1.442M for arms procurement for NDLEA’s counter-narcotics operations 

FG approves $1.442M for arms procurement for NDLEA’s counter-narcotics operations

The Federal Government has approved the allocation of $1.442 million for the procurement of arms and ammunition for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)’s counter-narcotics operations.

This approval was announced on Tuesday following the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Bola Tinubu at the State House, Abuja.

Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, briefed newsmen on the approvals, noting that his ministry had submitted three memoranda on behalf of the NDLEA.

These memoranda also included the approval of N1.9 billion for the purchase of 33 CNG-compliant vehicles and N985 million for the procurement of two full-body scanners for the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

Fagbemi emphasized the importance of supporting the NDLEA’s operations, stating, “The first one is the procurement of 33 Mikano Maxus E60 motor vehicles, to boost the operation of the NDLEA at N1.9 billion.”

“You will agree with me that it is important that we give support to the activities of NDLEA, so the Council considered this and gave approval for the purchase of 33 Mikano vehicles and they are all CNG compliant.”

He said the approval of the $1.442 million for arms and ammunition is a step in enhancing the NDLEA’s capacity to combat drug trafficking and related crimes effectively.

“The second one is, again, purchase for the NDLEA this time is for the procurement of arms, ammunition and anti-riot equipment for counter-narcotics operations for the NDLEA. This is for the sum of $1.442 million.”

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