Senator Shehu Sani on Friday reacted to comments made by the chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Buba Marwa that sniffer dogs cost between $15,000 and $20,000 each.
Marwa had revealed this on Thursday when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Narcotics to defend his budget for next year.
The NDLEA boss said the agency needs more sniffer dogs to tackle drug trafficking.
Marwa, however, refused to disclose the number of sniffer dogs in the agency’s possession.
“We definitely need dogs. Dogs cost between $15,000 and $20,000 each. I won’t state in this forum to the hearing of the cartels how many dogs we have. We need more dogs. I will take the opportunity to express appreciation to the German criminal police — we work with them. On the dogs, they supply the dogs.
“They just supplied a few. More importantly, they are building a six million euro dog training school in Lagos which would be used also with our neighbours in ECOWAS,” he said.
Reacting to this on Friday, Sani said in a Twitter post that those dogs should be kept away from dog eaters.
“Those NDLEA $10k Dogs should be kept away from those states that eat dogs,” Sani wrote.
The NDLEA has been resurgent in the fight against drug trafficking under Marwa.