US removes Nigeria from list
The United States government yesterday removed Nigeria from the major list.
According to a statement released by the National Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the US President, Barack Obama, said that this was the first time that Nigeria would be delisted from the majors list since 1991. The anti-narcotics agency stated that Mr Obama said that Nigeria was a onetime trafficking focal point but that the country had taken a lot of drastic steps to make counter narcotics a top national security for the country. He said that international data showed that there was a strengthening of illegal trafficking B3tween Latin America and West Africa, especially via Brazil and Venezuela, with a considerable portion of illegal product destined for Europe.
According to the report, Nigeria, Brazil, and Paraguay were recently removed this year from the list because they no longer meet the criteria for the list according to US law. Reacting, Ahmadu Giade, the Chief Executive of the NDLEA, said that Nigeria had gotten a well deserved honour. He noted that the removal of Nigeria from the majors list was an endorsement of the collective efforts of the agency to combat traffickers with the aim of having a free society. According to him, the honour given to Nigeria by removing her from the list was as a product of dedication, transparency, hard work, and cordial working relationship B3tween Nigeria and United States in controlling trafficking in the country. The NDLEA is happy
“I appreciate President Barack Obama and Americans for this candid and credible assessment,” he said. “The removal speaks volumes concerning our impressive scorecard and determination to address the problem. Illicit trade in narcotics transcends national boundaries. Our foreign collaborators also have a way of monitoring most assiduous efforts. All exit entry points will remain invincible to criminals through effective interdiction.” The NDLEA boss also thanked President Goodluck Jonathan for his anti- policies, and other stakeholders for their unrelenting efforts. He promised that no baron or major trafficker would go unpunished in the country, adding that NDLEA was one of the best anti-s agencies in Africa and that the agency is prepared to make sacrifices to sustain and improve on its control performance “Our level of professionali
sm shall be further consolidated on the tripod of transparency, anti-corruption and respect for the rule of law,” he said. “It is a call to duty that demands higher commitment on our part. We shall continue to partner with the United States and other stakeholders. No stone will be left unturned in our quest for a free society.”
According to the agency, the 20 countries on the list this year are Afghanistan, The Bahamas, Bolivia, Burma, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Laos, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Peru and Venezuela. A major -transit country is defined as a significant direct source of illicit narcotic or psychotropic s or other controlled substances significantly affecting the United States; or a country through which such s or substances are transported.