The newly appointed Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Buba marwa, has resumed office on Monday with a vow to reposition the country’s anti-drug trafficking agency.
Recall President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the appointment of a former Military Administrator of Lagos State, Mr Marwa, following the expiration of the tenure of the erstwhile director-general, Mohammed Abdallah.
Mr Marwa, who is a retired brigadier-general in the Nigerian Army, made the avowal shortly after assuming office in Abuja.
According to him, the overhauling and expansion will be in line with the recommendations of the Presidential Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Drug Abuse, PACEDA, which he served as its chairman.
He said: “Together, by the grace of God, we will resuscitate and reposition NDLEA to full active life, to be effective, respected and feared by concerned criminals. Nigeria is the only country we have, we cannot fold our arms. We can, will and must eliminate the drug scourge.”
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has stopped the planned screening of 5000 applicants seeking employment with NDLEA as part of concerted efforts to prevent the spread of the corona-virus spread in the country.
The government claimed that the screening slated for this month was wrongly timed in view of the alarming rate the disease is said to be spreading by experts.
Attorney General of the Federation AGF and Minister of Justice ordered a stop into the screening exercise on behalf of the federal government.
Solicitor General of the Federation SGF and Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Justice, Dayo Apata, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria SAN made this public in Abuja.
A statement by the SGF read in part “The attention of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has been drawn to the fact that the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has directed a total of 5,000 candidates to appear at the Agency’s Academy, Citadel Counter-Narcotics Nigeria, (CCNN), Katton-Rikkos, Jos, Plateau State for the screening and documentation exercise between January 10 and 23, 2021 at 0900 hours daily.
“It is not in doubt that the exercise is long overdue and necessary for the actualization of the Agency’s mandate, however, the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice notes that the timing is ill-advised and inappropriate given the current and alarming wave of COVID-19 pandemic across the country.
“In view of the foregoing, the Attorney General of the Federation has directed that the Solicitor General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr. Dayo Apata, SAN to seek clarification/advice from the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on the public health implications of such an exercise especially as it relates to the adequacy/possibility of strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols by 5000 applicants at this time of the nation’s health emergency.
“Considering the above, Malami directed the Chairman of the NDLEA to stay further action on this matter pending the receipt of clarification/advice from the Presidential Task Force.
” The Chairman was further requested to notify the applicants of this development accordingly,” the statement further said.