Some personnel of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have called for the sack of its chairman, Muhammad Abdullah.
The personnel in a petition accused the chairman of encouraging corruption in the agency by neglecting the welfare of staff.
They also accused Abdullah of soiling the image of the nation before the international community as over 50 personnel met their untimely death since the chairman assumed office.
Petition read in part: “ It is a clear indication that he is not interested in fighting the drug war and corruption. The sum of N50,000 only given to families of three officers; Onwumere Nicholas, Peter Ebun and Abdulrahman Musa who were recently shot dead in Kogi State on October 13, 2017, by gunmen has exposed his insensitivity to the plight of officers. This is unbelievable."
“The drug situation since Abdullah took over is getting worse daily. In addition, the prevalence rate for drug use in the country has become unacceptably high and growing in a geometric proportion. Besides the abuse of cannabis, the use of cough syrups with codeine and other psychotropic substances is taking its toll on the youths."
The document, according to Sahara Reporters showed that, over 50 officers of the agency have died within the past two years.
The personnel urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the chairman of the agency and issue a compulsory retirement to the seven directors in the agency.
They also accused the chairman of conniving with drug barons at the expense of Nigeria.
The document signed by Ahmed Yusuf, on behalf of ‘Concerned Officers,’ said that many of the 58 officers died from frustration and criminal neglect of their welfare by Abdullah.
The Concerned Officers in their petition dated January 2, also copied the Senate Committee on Drug & Financial Crimes, House Committee on Drug & Financial Crimes, Attorney General & Minister of Justice, National Security Adviser, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) and Femi Falana Chambers.
Below is a list of names of deceased officers as released by the group:
Narcotic assistants II
1. Jibrin Alhassan, Kaduna Command
2. Afolayan John A., Kwara Command
3. Mohammed Chabiri Aishatu, Borno Command
4. Okereke Okezie, Imo Command
5. Etuk Roseline, Akwa Ibom Command
6. Sunday Afam, Plateau Command
7.Ahmed Abubakar, Borno Command
8. Onukak Patricia Bassey, Lagos Command
9. Iorver Felix Akumave, Taraba Command
10. Abanum Raymond Edeli, Delta Command
11. Yahaya Godiye Dodos, Yobe Command
12. Achube David Sunday, Benue Command
13. Liman Salisu Ahmed, Taraba Command
14. Balogun Erastus Osho, Ogun Command
15. Akinfemiwa Sunday Femi, Lagos Command
16. Faruk Ibrahim, Bauchi Command
Senior narcotic agent
17. Salele Suleiman, Kaduna Command
18. Bala Aliyu Umar, Bauchi Command
19. Hassan Hasana, Sokoto Command
Chief narcotic agent
20. Joseph Lar Gombe, Command
21. Oyede Abdul Ogun, Command
22. Suleiman Bala Fakai, FCT Command
23. Andogwu A Nicholas, Adamawa Command
24. Dalyop Julius Pam, Plateau Command
25. Birabil Gbaradon, Ondo Command
26. Sarah Yakubu Nasarawa Command
27. Nyam Babajo David Plateau Command
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28. Kamo Thomas Kebbi Command
Deputy narcotic supreintendent
29. Bot Christopher Nyam Plateau Command
30. Emerenini Cornelius Imo Command
31. Etudaiye Salihu Kogi Command
32. Timothy Isaacs Lagos Command
33. Abdulahi Mohammed Ekiti Command
34. Abdul Isa Shani Borno Command
35. Sanusi Abdullahi Osun Command
36. Achibong Peter Taraba Command
Superintendent of narcotics
37. Odigie Felix Plateau Command
38. Abdul Ganiyu Ishaq, Adamawa Command
39. Falodun Fumilayo, Ogun Command
40. Bello Stephen Madike, Lagos Command
41. Abdul Ibrahim Waziri, Sokoto Command
42. Adeoye Onifade Olayiwola, Rivers Command
43. Omo Martins Lagos Command
44. Gambo Musa Osun Command
45. Aminat Hassan Seme Border Command Lagos
Chief superintendent of narcotic
46. Amaechi Kenneth Edo Command
47. Anthony Oshogwe Cross Rivers Command
48. Ibrahim Dada Kogi Command
49. Monday Fada Lagos Command
50. Kadiri Adesola Ramoni Ogun Command
51. Tijani Tajudeen Adebayo Abia Command
Assistant commander of narcotics
52. Yashim Danladi Lagos Command
NAIJ.com earlier reported that official of the NDLEA in Nasarawa state arrested a suspected drug baron at a warehouse in Masaka, Karu local government area of the state.
Sumaila Ethan, the state commander of the agency, said that tramadol is an opiate drug similar to heroiin in its addictive nature.
Also President Buhari had instructed the law enforcement agencies to deal decisively with those who import distribute and sell illicit medicine.
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