‘NDLEA officers under investigation for alleged connivance with drug barons’

By Sade Williams

Some operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) are currently under investigation for alleged fraternity with suspected drug syndicates, Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (retd.), has said.


He gave the hint while addressing officers at the national headquarters, Ikoyi Lagos at the weekend.


He warned that the Agency has beamed her searchlight inwards in the anti-narcotics campaign stressing that any officer who engages in acts of compromise and fraternity with drug barons shall be made to face the full weight of the law.


According to the Chairman, “the Agency is currently investigating some of its personnel deployed to man some sensitive beats/points for fraternising with barons and related organised criminal syndicates to frustrate the efforts of the Agency in the smooth execution of its statutory mandate. Accordingly, any officer found culpable will be decisively dealt with and made to face the full weight of the law”.


Abdallah added that he is working very hard in building an Agency that has zero tolerance for corruption through strict law enforcement.


“The anti-corruption crusade of Mr. President is a collective responsibility. Those that are saddled with the responsibility of dismantling drug syndicates must live above board. We must remain focussed and result oriented in line with our mandate. The position of the law is very clear on this matter because it states that anyone that conspires with, aids, abets, counsels, attempts to commit or is an accessory to any act or offence referred to in the NDLEA Act shall be guilty of an offence” he stated.


He therefore urge officers to subject themselves to the rules of engagement as no one shall be spared for violating the provisions of the Act.


The war against narcotics must be prosecuted on the platform of integrity, hardwork and sacrifice. Abdallah assured members of the public that the outcome of investigation shall be made public.


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