Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Nigeria Is Highest Cocaine Smuggling Route – Report

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In a recent report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), has revealed that Nigeria tops the list of cocaine smuggling regions in Africa as steep growth in supply is matched with an even growth in demand.

The report revealed that Nigerian traffickers work in collaboration with other Nigerians in different countries, particularly members of same fraternity in European countries and tose operating in Brazil.

The report partly reads, “Based on aggregate reporting to UNODC, by Nigeria and other countries, on the main cocaine trafficking routes during 2018-2021, trafficking of cocaine was reported from Nigeria to 20 countries or territories, including countries within the subregion (Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Ghana, Senegal, Liberia), transit countries in Africa (Algeria, Ethiopia, Morocco), and countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region (Australia, China, Hong Kong, China, India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka), in the Near and Middle East/ South-West Asia (Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates) and in Europe (Turkiye, United Kingdom).

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“Cocaine arrives in Nigeria via a variety of channels including bulk carrier vessels arriving at seaports such as Apapa, Tincan Island, and Onne: passenger flights into airports such as those of Lagos, Abuja, Enugu, and Kano: across land borders at various locations, including Seme (on the border with Benin) and llela (on the border with Niger); and via parcels delivered by courier companies or postal services.

“The most prominent departure country for cocaine reaching Nigeria is Brazil. Thus, despite the established and well-connected presence of Nigerian traffickers within an international network of actors and counterparts trafficking cocaine (and other drugs), notably with regard to trafficking by air, in view of the available seizure data, it is plausible that the volume of cocaine transiting Nigerian territory is a relatively modest share of the quantities reaching West and Central Africa.

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It should, however, be borne in mind that Nigerian traffickers are also active in neighbouring countries as well as North Africa.”

Morocco is second to Nigeria in the African drug trafficking market.

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