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NDLEA Declares 2 Officers Wanted, Stops Their Salaries

By Ganiyu Nasirudeen

BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Two officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have been declared wanted and barred from receiving salaries for absconding from duty since August, 2015.

The affected officers, according to the agency’s Head, Public Affairs, Ofoyeju Mitchell were Superintendent of Narcotics (SN) Daniel Goska and Chief Narcotic Agent (CNA) Ndubuisi Ughor.

Mitchell in a statement issued Monday indicated that the declaration followed the duo sudden disappearance after a drug suspect was nabbed with 74.4kg of narcotics at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport (AIIA) Enugu, South East, Nigeria.

The statement said NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive Ahmadu Giade believed in the rule of law and was determined to treat anybody indicted under the law equally.

“The Agency has taken necessary steps by stopping the salaries of the officers and declaring them wanted. Winning the war against illicit drugs demands that while dislodging drug cartels; we must ensure that members of staff comply with best practice at all times. Efforts are ongoing to charge the officers in line with the rules of engagement. The Agency is moving forward and will continue to purge itself of undesirable persons who are deficient in discipline and integrity” Giade stated.

NDLEA boss stressed that no act of indiscipline and misconduct would go unpunished, pointing out that the body has made remarkable progress both in drug control as well as with respect to the rule of law, hence the resolve to resist any attempt to reverse the wheel of success.

Mitchell disclosed that preliminary investigation has indicted the officers for conspiracy, aiding and abetting – for absconded from duty following the “arrest of a suspected drug trafficker, Dayson-Eddie Ifeanyi Chukwu and three others who are being held for unlawful exportation of 74.4kg of narcotic drug”.

The officers, the statement added, were last seen at their duty posts at the Enugu Airport on August 7, 2015, explaining that according to the NDLEA rules, absence from duty for 21 days is punishable by dismissal.

While reiterating its commitment to a drug-free Nigeria, NDLEA also urged members of the public with useful information about the officers’ whereabouts and report such to its nearest office.


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