By Deborah Coker
Benin – The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Command in Edo, has established partnership with the National Agency for Prohibition of Traffic In Persons (NAPTIP) to combat drug and human trafficking.
NAPTIP new Zonal Commander, Mrs Ijeoma Uduak, made the disclosure in Benin on Tuesday when she visited the NDLEA commander, Mr Buba Wakawa.
Uduak said that human trafficking and drug trafficking were inter-related.
“The command tackles the problem of human trafficking through arrest, prosecution, rescue and rehabilitation of victims, enlightenment as well as partnership.
“We are here today on the pillar of partnership.
“Let us seek strategies of making our collaboration better and stronger,” she said.
Wakawa, who pledged continuous support for NAPTI, said that the existing collaboration between both agencies had been very useful.
“Both agencies are facing similar challenges in the state because the area is notorious for cannabis cultivation, drug trafficking and abuse as well as human trafficking and irregular migration.
“Therefore, the success of one is the success of all because we are working towards one goal, the security of all citizens,” he said.