The functions of the Directorate specified in the NDLEA Job Specification are numerous, and they fall into three broad categories. They are as follows:
- The enforcement functions, which entail the detection and investigation of drug related money laundering activities, as well as the tracing, and investigation of suspected proceeds of illicit drugs to facilitate confiscation as empowered by both the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act (NDLEA ACT CAP N30 LFN 2004) and the Money Laundering Prohibition Act (MLPA 2011). In order words the Directorate is the Anti-Money Laundering unit of the Agency.
- Providing representation for the Agency in her interaction with relevant sister law enforcement and security agencies, other government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), and international organisations, so as to fashion out Nigeria’s AML policies and enforcement mechanisms that will be in line with the global efforts and standards.
- Carry out sensitization and enlightenment programmes on behalf of the Agency, for relevant stakeholders and the general public, on AML issues as they relate to drug trafficking.
The Directorate is headed by a Director who is in charge of the smooth running of the entire Directorate; she is closely assisted by an Assistant Director. The Directorate also has three Principal staff Officers (PSO’s) who are in charge of Financial and Miscellaneous Investigation, Banking operations and Data Management. The three PSO’s also heads three teams of financial investigators. The Directorate’s office is located at the Agency’s headquarters, No. 4, Shaw Road, Ikoyi Lagos.