Nigeria tops African countries in cocaine smuggling- Report

Nigeria tops cocaine smuggling countries in Africa according to the 2023 Global Report on Cocaine.

The report was presented during a Heads of Drug Law Enforcement Agencies in Africa (HONLAF) meeting taking place in Abuja, Nigeria.

It was released in March this year, and its results are based on the major cocaine trafficking routes between 2018-2021, as revealed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

“Based on aggregate reporting to UNODC on the main cocaine trafficking routes during 2018-2021, trafficking of cocaine was reported from Nigeria to 20 countries or territories,” the report shows.

According to the report, the Saharan region, transit countries like Ethiopia as well as those in the Asia-Pacific region are among the territories to which cocaine was trafficked.

During the convention, an increase in the cultivation, trafficking and consumption of drugs in Africa was noted, with the attendees coming up with measures aimed at reversing this situation.


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