Indonesia has signed a memorandum of understanding with Nigeria to fight drug-related crimes between the two countries, in a bid to eradicate drug trafficking.
The agreement was made on Saturday during President Susilo Bambang Yudhyono’s two-day visit to Nigeria, which included a meeting with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, where Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa and his Nigerian counterpart Joy Ogwu signed the document (MoU), as part of bilateral cooperations between the two countries.
Insp. Gen. Anang Iskandar, head of the National Narcotics Agency (BNN), said the cooperation included an information exchange on drug smuggling activities from Nigeria to Indonesia.
“This MoU between Indonesia and Nigeria is very important. As we know, there are many Nigerians that [are] involved in the drug networks in Indonesia,” said Anang, who was part of the president’s entourage to Nigeria, as quoted by PresidenSBY.info. “There are also Indonesians that become members of drug distribution networks in Nigeria.”
Anang, who said at least 13 Nigerians had been sentenced to death in Indonesia, added that the Nigerian government had made no special request to reduce sentences or to extradite their citizens who had been arrested for drug-related crimes in Indonesia.
“The BNN has often raided [Nigerian] drug rings. We recently raided four sabu-sabu [crystal methamphetamine] factories by Nigerians,” Anang said.
Bali Moniaga, BNN’s law and cooperation deputy, said that Nigeria had a very strategic distribution network, adding that drugs from Colombia to Asia and Europe often passed through Nigeria.
Yudhoyono’s visit to Nigeria was part of his tour to three African countries and to Saudi Arabia to attend international conferences and to discuss a slate of bilateral matters.
The president is expected to arrive back in Indonesia on Thursday.