- The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has proved Patience Jonathan's allegation wrong
- The anti-narcotics agency noted that it is unbelievable that the former first lady claimed that she was harassed by the agency
- NDLEA declared that it is known to deal with narcotic substances dealers in the country
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has denied the allegation that Patience Jonathan, the former Nigerian first lady, levelled against the agency.
Sahara Reporter reports that Patience Jonathan said that the agency was harassing her.
In reaction to the allegation, the anti-narcotics agency said it is misleading, saying that it has no case against Mrs. Jonathan.
Meanwhile, the NDLEA also said that nobody is above the law of the land.
In a statement issue by Mitchell Ofoyeju, the spokesperson for NDLEA, noted that it is surprising that the agency could be mentioned in a petition made by Mrs. Jonathan when she was not being investigated by the agency.
Mr. Ofoyeju said that the former first lady petitioned the agency by Mr. Gogo Bright-Tamuno, a lawmaker from Rivers state House of Representatives.
He noted that the speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, who presided over the session, admitted the petition and referred it to the committee on public petitions for hearing.
“The NDLEA, as a reputable agency of government, does not harass. Rather, it takes appropriate action against anyone or group of persons who contravene the NDLEA Act Cap N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2001.
“This is done through painstaking investigation, arrest and prosecution of suspected drug traffickers. All operations are conducted in compliance with the rule of law and global best practices,’’' the statement noted.
Mr. Ofoyeju insisted that the agency would not harass any person or organization, but those who violate the country’s drug laws, no matter their status, would not go unpunished.
The agency said that it remained committed to the fight against drug cultivation, trafficking and abuse.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Patience Jonathan raised an alarm over what she described as ill-treatment by the Ibrahim Magu-led Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on her and members of her family.
The wife of former president, Goodluck Jonathan, claimed Magu wrote a letter to the British High Commission asking them not to issue her visa.
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