The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has ordered the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to suspend its planned screening and documentation exercise for 5,000 recruits.
The candidates were to appear at NDLEA Academy, Citadel Counter-Narcotics Nigeria, CCNN, Katton-Rikkos, Jos, Plateau State for the exercise between January 10 and 23, 2021, at 0900 hours daily.
In a statement issued in Abuja, the Minister, however, described the invitation as “ill-advised and inappropriate given the current and alarming wave of Covid-19 pandemic across the country.”
While acknowledging that the exercise was long overdue and necessary for the actualization of the Agency’s mandate, Malami said the recruitment should be kept on hold, pending the receipt of clarification/advice from the Presidential Task Force.
The statement that was signed by the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr. Dayo Apata, disclosed that the NDLEA Chairman, Col. Muhammad Abdallah (rtd), was requested to notify all the applicants of the development.