NDLEA, NCC Reaffirm Partnership To Battle Piracy, Drug Abuse Crimes

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Director-General, NCC Mr. John O. Asein (5th R) and Chairman/CEO, NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Rtd.) (5th L), flanked by (L-R): Director, Operations, NCC, Mr. Obi Ezeilo; Director, PRS, NDLEA, Mrs. Victoria Egbase; Agency Secretary, Mr. Shadrack Haruna; Director, Nigerian Copyright Academy of NCC, Mr. Mike Akpan; Director, Legal, NCC, Mr. Emeka Ogbonna; Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Mr. Vincent A. Oyefeso; Director, Administration, Dr. Idowu Ogunkuade and Director, Drug Demand Reduction, Dr. Ngozi Madubuike

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) on Tuesday renewed their partnership in combating organised crimes, including drug trafficking and copyright piracy across the country.

Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd.), chairman and Chief Executive of NDLEA, and Dr. John O. Asein, Director-General of NCC, disclosed this during a courtesy visit of NCC delegates to the NDLEA Headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday, August 2, 2022.

The Chief Executives noted that drug trafficking and copyright piracy were inimical to national development, also expressing concern that both criminal activities adversely affected the youths particularly, thereby destroying the country’s creative resource “who also represents the future of Nigeria”.

Brig.-Gen. Marwa further stressed the linkage between drug abuse and copyright piracy and assured of renewed institutional support and capacity building to boost the enforcement capacity of NCC while both agencies would continue to share intelligence.

Stressed he: “We are going to collaborate and work together because the drug scourge requires collaborative efforts. All hands must be on deck, and we are happy to work together with NCC”.

Earlier, the Director-General, NCC had commended NDLEA for supporting the Commission’s efforts at fighting piracy, through training of officers, logistic support and information sharing. He agreed that drug traffickers often channeled their ill-gotten wealth through copyright piracy to give a semblance of legitimate business. This, he said, underscored the need for both Agencies to strengthen the partnership against criminal activities for the good of society.

While restating the commitment of the Commission to its mandate, the Director-General used the opportunity to commend the Federal Government for the new Copyright Bill which was recently passed by the National Assembly. He expressed optimism that the Bill, when signed into law, would enhance the Commission’s enforcement capacity and serve as a catalyst for revamping the nation’s creative economy.

The Chairman, NDLEA, used the occasion to commend the Commission on the passage of the Copyright Bill and for the numerous achievements of NCC in bringing sanity to the creative sector, giving further assurances that NDLEA would join other stakeholders to canvass for early presidential assent to the Bill.

Both Chief Executives agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise their renewed partnership.

The NDLEA Chairman used the opportunity of the visit to decorate Dr. Asein as an Ambassador in the Agency’s War Against Drug Abuse (WADA). In turn, Dr. Asein thanked the Chairman for the honour, promising to lend his voice to the campaign and solicit the support of stakeholders in the creative sector to also propagate the message that “illicit drugs are bad”.

Accompanying the NCC Director-General on the visit were the Director of Administration, Dr. Idowu Ogunkuade; Director, Nigerian Copyright Academy, Mr. Mike Akpan; Director of Operations, Mr. Obi Ezeilo; Director of Public Affairs, Vincent A. Oyefeso and Director of Legal, Mr. Emeka Ogbonna. Officials of the NDLEA in attendance included the Agency’s Secretary, Mr. Shadrach Haruna; Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, Mrs. Victoria Eghase; Director, Drug Demand Reduction, Dr. Ngozi Madubuike; Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr. Femi Babafemi; and the Military Assistant to the Chairman, Lt. Colonel M. I. Aminu.

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