Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Nigeria: 1,585 Nigerians Arrested in Norway Over Drug Trafficking

 Not less than 1,585 Nigerians were apprehended in Norway between 2000 and 2012 over drug trafficking, and of the number 432 were arrested in 2012 alone, out of which 95 were deported, a visiting team of Norwegian police and customs officials said.

Leader of the delegation Mr Kai Arild Holm said the visit was to enhance collaboration with Nigerian authorities in counter narcotic smuggling, money laundering and human trafficking.

"In 2012, we arrested 432 Nigerians in Norway and deported 95 over drug trafficking. We need the help of Nigerian government in dealing with the problem which has now grown to become a network of West African crime cartel in Norway. Most Nigerians arrested over drug trafficking are based in Europe. They engage in drug smuggling and money laundering back home", he said.

A statement by Public Affairs Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Mr Mitchell Ofoyeju said Nigeria is to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Norwegian government.

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