The Nigerian Navy and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said that it would strengthen its bond in order to put an end to movement of hard drugs and other related substances on the waterways.
The Director of Seaports Operations, (NDLEA) Mrs. Omolade Faboyede made this known when the agency visited the Western Naval Command (WNC).
She said that findings had shown that a large volume of drugs coming into the country was through the sea, saying drug issues were not only a communal threat but a national threat.
“The issue of drugs is something that is of a great concern to everyone of us apart from being a security threat, drug issue affects the family, the home, and the community at large.
“And in so doing, there is need for everybody to put their hands on deck to work against this issue of drugs. We found out that a large volume of drugs coming to this country is through the sea, compared to, through the air or the borders, and that was why the directorate was established,” she said.
Faboyede said those engaging in drugs were becoming more sophisticated, saying the agency and directorate needed to be proactive in order to curb the menace.
“The present trend of drugs is something vast and the way they move at sea is so interesting.
“Sometimes, they throw them off board and some boats go to pick it up and take them to different private jetties. So they are getting modernized in their ways of operation.
“On our side, we need to be proactive and in our being proactive, we are seeking for collaboration,” she said.
Faboyede said being a new directorate, it would be relying on the Nigeria Navy in areas of intelligence, basic naval training.