“Officially we avoid it, but Senegal has become a hub”, Commissioner Keita

“Officially we avoid it, but Senegal has become a hub”, Commissioner Keita
“Officially we avoid it, but Senegal has become a hub”, Commissioner Keita

“Yes, but these are only operations that occur in a particular context of tension. But it should be noted that seizures have been occurring almost non-stop for many years now. We are simply at a peak moment.

This is due to the fact that our sub-region, firstly on the issue of drugs, has truly become an area favored by drug traffickers. I would say that they are gradually transforming and moving the drug routes in that territory. And you meet countries there which are very concerned by this phenomenon. It’s not just Senegal.

But we must also include other countries, such as Guinea-Conakry and Ivory Coast. All this has become a strong reality. (…) But also, around Dakar and Senegal we have a concentration of sites that are particularly favorable to drug trafficking. We have the air route and the sea route.

We have an extremely important coastline. And a coast which has movements and possibilities of movements. We have concentrations of ports around Senegal. And all this contributes to the development of activities because people find means, opportunities and movement to engage in drug trafficking and other related activities.

“I know that this debate, officially, we avoid. But Senegal is a hub. We’ve been avoiding it for a very long time. From the moment we find Senegal in the leading group of countries with high drug trafficking activity, such as Ghana and Nigeria, we cannot avoid talking like that. And his situation is favorable to this fact.

First, its openness to the world, to Europe, to the Americas. But also the situation with the countries which surround it and which are countries with porous borders, such as Guinea-Bissau, Mali, which is indeed a transit zone par excellence.

Because it opens us up to Ghana, Ivory Coast and other countries. See what it is. And also on Senegalese territory, there are so many possibilities for drug-related activities. The drug market is growing. The drug laundering market. We are talking about 200 billion in drug laundering in real estate.

That’s what it’s like to be a drug hub. It is first of all in the consistency and scale of activities and in the multiplicity of sectors which are affected by drug trafficking and its effects. So, Senegal cannot escape this name as a drug hub country,” explains Commissioner Cheikhouna Sadbou Keita,

Bes Bi

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