The Federal Government has called on world leaders to strengthen international cooperation as part of efforts to successfully combat terrorism and drug trafficking, among other criminal activities.

In a statement released by Director media and advocacy of the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi says this form parts of the positions presented by Nigeria at the ongoing conference by the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, taking place in Vienna, Austria.

Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) who presented Nigeria’s positions says while nations deepen cooperation and strengthen the processes of combating the financing of terrorism and prevention of terrorists, says Nigeria is worried about the growing links between terrorism and other forms of crime such as corruption, illicit financial flows, money laundering, illicit trafficking in drugs, cybercrime, trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants.

He said, To dissuade the impeding issues, state parties should ensure that illicit financial flows, when tracked, do not remain in the custody of enabling financial institutions but should be transferred into escrow account, preferably in development banks pending return to countries of origin.

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