The Sokoto Zonal Head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr Abdullahi Lawal, has expressed the commission’s readiness to join forces with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, to end terrorist financing, money laundering and curb the menace of drug abuse, among Nigerian youth in Sokoto State.
Lawal made the pledge on Tuesday, February 4, , when the NDLEA management team, led by the state commandant, Mr. Yakubu Kibo, paid a courtesy visit to the Sokoto State Zonal Office of the commission.
In his welcome address, Lawal promised that the EFCC would partner with the NDLEA to curb the menace of drug abuse, terrorism financing, and money laundering in the country.
While urging Nigerians to continue to support both agencies in their mandates, he noted that the nefarious activities of drug peddlers, arm bandits, and economic and financial crimes in the country can be easily tackled, if law enforcement agencies join forces and collaborate.
He said, “Inter-agency cooperation is a key to checking restiveness in this country. We need each other to forge ahead and have a crime-free society. We have areas of cooperation where we inter-connect. There is an economic crime to every act of drug abuse, terrorist financing and money laundering and as EFCC, we look at every crime from the economic perspective.”
Responding, Kibo explained that the purpose of the visit was to seek collaboration and synergy between the two agencies, promisisng full collaboration with the EFCC in the area of intelligence sharing.
He also called on the EFCC to join hands with the NDLEA to tackle illicit financial flow that stem from illicit drug traffickers, who are involved in huge money transfers in and out