The Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Buba Marwa, says an improved forensic laboratory will raise operational standards and enhance the agency's efficiency in combating substance abuse and illicit drug trafficking across Nigeria.
Speaking in Lagos on Wednesday at the reopening of the forensic laboratory, Marwa highlighted the tremendous progress the laboratory has made with the assistance of the US Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.
The Director of Media and Advocacy of the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, who represented the agency's boss, stressed the importance of advanced forensic laboratories in the country's effective war against illicit substances.
The NDLEA boss said: “With this facility, we now anticipate the provision of state-of-the-art analytical equipment, which will enhance optimal performance in line with standard laboratory operating procedures and best practices, which will in turn enhance performance evidence-based analytical processes in our forensic analysis.
“Anyone who knows how crucial a forensic laboratory is for drug investigation will share my opinion. The forensic laboratory plays a crucial role in the identification of drug exhibits, in the investigation of illegal drug production and in the dismantling of clandestine laboratories. Ultimately, it strengthens the criminal justice system.
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“Given the current situation of illicit drugs in Nigeria, a forensic laboratory is a sine qua non for any meaningful attempt to thwart the problem.”