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Buhari Sacks Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, NDLEA Chairman by ijustdey: 4:44pm On Jan 10
President Muhamma­du Buhari has ap­proved the removal of the Chairman of the National Drug Law En­forcement Agency (NDLEA), Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (rtd).

He was appointed on Jan­uary 12, 2016 by the former Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Engr. Babachair Lawal, via a let­ter with reference number SGF.35/S.5/11/272.

In another letter dated January 7, 2021 and signed by the Secretary to the Federal Government, Boss Musta­pha, Abdallah was mandated to handover to the Secretary of the agency, Mr. Shadrach Haruna, on or before Janu­ary 10, 2021 (today).

Sunday Independent gathered that Haruna, who was in the United Kingdom during the notice, had to cut short his trip as he hurried­ly returned to Nigeria at the weekend.

Disquiet Over Hurried Recruit­ment

However, there is disquiet in the paramilitary agency as the sacked chairman em­barked on a massive recruit­ment, barely 24 hours after he got a letter to handover.

NDLEA spokesman, Dep­uty Commander of Narcotics (DCN) Jonah Achema, who announced this in a state­ment on Friday in Abuja urged successful candidates to visit the agency’s website www.ndlea.gov.org for the list adding that those shortlisted had also been contacted via E-mail and SMS.

According to him, the candidates had applied for different vacancies, some of which were invited for job competency test.

“The affected candidates, numbering 5, 000, are to ap­pear at the Agency’s Acad­emy, Citadel Counter-Nar­cotics Nigeria, (CCNN), Katton-Rikkos, Jos, Plateau State for the screening and documentation exercise be­tween January 10 and 23, 2021 at 0900 hours daily.

“The candidates are di­vided into four different groups for the screening, in adherence to the COVID-19 pandemic protocol.

“The order and schedule for the exercise according to the group into which the can­didates fall are also indicated. They are expected to arrive a day ahead of their screening period,” said Achema.

He added that successful candidates were expected to be issued letters of appoint­ment and documented im­mediately upon successful screening.

“Candidates are, there­fore, to report for the screen­ing exercise with their guar­antors’ forms, originals and duplicates of academic cre­dentials, birth certificate or age declaration and indigene certificates.

“They are also expected to come along with certificate of medical fitness from a government hospital as well as a pair of shorts, T-shirts, canvass and stockings,” the NDLEA spokesman said.

It’s A Sham, Unacceptable – Officers

However, concerned of­ficers of the NDLEA, who kicked against the recruit­ment exercise, equally com­mended President Buhari for his swift intervention in sacking Col. Abdallah follow­ing his dismal performance in the last five years.

In a letter addressed to the President at the weekend, the officers condemned the hasty recruitment and called for its cancellation.

“Sequel to the receipt of the handover letter, the em­battled outgoing Chairman, immediately ordered that let­ters be hurriedly dispatched to candidates to report to the NDLEA Academy in Jos for training on Monday January 11, 2021. This hasty move by Abdallah is mischievous and part of efforts to cover up the reckless misappropriation of the recruitment money released to him since 2019 as well as to thwart efforts at ex­posing the abnormalities that characterised the scandalous exercise.

“It was equally gathered that most of the candidates currently being shortlisted for the eleventh hour train­ing did not even apply for the job and sat for the entrance examination. This sad devel­opment did not only negate the principles of transparen­cy but geared towards deny­ing Nigerians equal opportu­nity in serving their country.

“We the concerned offi­cers hereby pass a vote of no confidence in the Abdal­lah-led recruitment exercise and passionately appeal to Mr. President to suspend the recruitment exercise to enable a forensic audit of the process in the interest of justice and fair play.

“Mr. President Sir, it stands to reason that the ur­gency with which Abdallah released the names of candi­dates only after he got a letter to handover for an exercise that he was fully mobilised financially since 2019 is be­deviled with sinister intent to advance his selfish interest to the detriment of national security.

“We hereby call for a com­prehensive probe into the recruitment process begin­ning with the payment of N60 million to Em-Plug ICT firm for creating an online portal that lasted for only two weeks. The Agency ICT department offered to create the online portal for a token, but was ignored by Abdallah.

“There was no publication in the newspapers for ICT firms to bid for the creation of the recruitment portal. As a result we want the entire awards of recruitment con­tracts that did not follow the due process properly inves­tigated. All successful candi­dates must be vetted and cer­tified to have applied online, sat for the examination and passed. Otherwise, a fresh exercise must be conducted under a new dispensation.”

Distortion Of Seniority Ranking

The officers are also ac­cusing Abdallah of distort­ing the seniority list in the agency.

According to them, “As a paramilitary organisation, seniority is sacrosanct but Abdallah has completely distorted the seniority list. Abdallah failed to conduct harmonisation and proper placement of officers rather, he promoted juniors who are sycophants over their seniors who dare to tell him the truth. This has to be corrected to re­store discipline in the agency.

“There are many vacan­cies in command appoint­ments that Abdallah refused to fill due to his administra­tive inaction. Every com­mand ought to have a Com­mander and two assistants but over half of the com­mand formations are hav­ing vacancies that Abdallah refused to fill. Again, many of the commanders have over stayed in a beat to the extent that their productivity is de­clining by the day yet he sees no reason to replace them.

“It is for the above and many other shortcomings that we are calling for a probe of Abdallah and the appoint­ment of a competent leader to lead the agency on the path of glory. We cannot afford the costly price of another wast­ed five years.

“Urgent steps must be taken to boost the morale of officers in reducing the esca­lating cases of drug traffick­ing and abuse in the country. This will ultimately address the growing drug challenges and improve the image of the country before our interna­tional partners.”

The concerned officers had earlier called on the President to investigate and prosecute Abdallah for the alleged diversion of N2.8 bil­lion commanders’ monthly allowances and the revoca­tion of the sale of the Chair­man’s official quarters in Ikoyi that he allegedly sold.

In a letter to the president by the concerned officers, of the agency signed by one Musa Ahmed Yusuf, the of­ficers accused the outgoing NDLEA boss of diverting N2.8 billion monthly oper­ational allowances for com­manders.

“Since 2016 that Abdallah took over, he stopped the pay­ment of monthly running cost to commanders. This has continued all through his tenure.

“The monthly allocation of the agency of about N48 million is used to service Abdallah’s personal inter­est. This has amounted to the sum of N2.8 billion in the past five years”, the petition alleged.

“How are the commands meeting their needs and how do you define corruption? Ab­dallah also sold the official quarters for the chairman of the agency located at George Street Ikoyi, Lagos.

“He also allowed a tele­communication service pro­vider to install a telecom sta­tion at the once vibrant Ikoyi office that is now a shadow of itself. The impunity of Abdal­lah must not go unpunished,” it further alleged.

The petition further called for the appointment of “a competent chairman ap­pointed to correct the many mistakes of Abdallah and take the agency to greater heights following the expi­ration of Abdallah’s tenure.

“We demand a complete investigation into the un­ending recruitment exer­cise by Abdallah even when money has been released to him since 2019. None of the procedures have followed due process. The entire ex­ercise must be conducted by a competent leader. This will ensure that Nigerians have a level playing ground in serv­ing their country.”

It also cited the refusal of the NDLEA leadership to promote staff as and when due in addition to his lack of attention to heightened drug abuse crisis in the country.

“Abdallah refused to re­lease our promotion arrears. This has dampened our mo­rale. The most painful aspect is the fact that our colleagues that retired in the last five years left service with lower ranks than they are entitled to because of Abdallah’s administrative callousness. This injustice is demoralis­ing to the entire workforce,” the group said.

The petition said a nation­al survey confirmed a mas­sive scale of Nigeria’s drug problem with no effort by Abdallah to reverse the ugly trend.

“According to the report, in 2017 just one year after Ab­dallah took over office, nearly 15% of the adult population in Nigeria (around 14.3 mil­lion people) reported a “con­siderable level” of use of psychoactive drug substanc­es. This is a rate much higher than the 2016 global average of 5.6% among adults.

“The survey was led by Nigeria’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and the Cen­ter for Research and Infor­mation on Substance Abuse with technical support from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and funding from the Euro­pean Union.

“Our airports, seaports and land borders are becom­ing increasingly porous by the day as Abdallah remains unperturbed.”

https://www.independent.ng/buhari-sacks-abdallah-ndlea-chairman/

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Re: Buhari Sacks Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, NDLEA Chairman by Kingosytex(m): 4:45pm On Jan 10
Bubu should also extend the sack to the service chiefs...Those men are highly incompetent.

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Re: Buhari Sacks Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, NDLEA Chairman by Flexherbal(m): 4:47pm On Jan 10
However, there is disquiet in the paramilitary agency as the sacked chairman em­barked on a massive recruit­ment, barely 24 hours after he got a letter to handover.

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Re: Buhari Sacks Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, NDLEA Chairman by Madibahisback: 4:47pm On Jan 10
Kingosytex:
Bubu should also extend the sack to the service chiefs...Those men are highly incompetent.

Mtchew
Or your bubu should just sack himself
He his the real definition of incompetency

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Re: Buhari Sacks Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, NDLEA Chairman by Kingosytex(m): 4:48pm On Jan 10
Madibahisback:


Mtchew
Or your bubu should just sack himself
He his the real definition of incompetency


grin grin grin cheesy cheesy grin grin

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Re: Buhari Sacks Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, NDLEA Chairman by cpu2006(m): 4:53pm On Jan 10
Kingosytex:
Bubu should also extend the sack to the service chiefs...Those men are highly incompetent.

No need since he refuse to listen to Nigerians.
2023 is not far again, will show them exit door

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Re: Buhari Sacks Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, NDLEA Chairman by internationalman(m): 5:03pm On Jan 10
Nigerians can't just avoid sack by resigning even if the sign of their sack letter is looming and glaring..

They'd rather wait to be sacked disgracefully than resign ceremoniously

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Re: Buhari Sacks Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, NDLEA Chairman by Okoroawusa: 5:07pm On Jan 10
Two monikers up there have left the topic of the thread to discuss Buhari and very soon they will add Tinubu to their discussion. Forgetting that it's a shame that a Nigerian was given a government agency to head and he made a mess of it. If we give these two monikers above this same office they will make a mess of it. Even in a private establishment a Nigerian will run you the employer down. The average Nigerian has no commitment in him or her. Especially the youth. Buhari can't be the chairman of NDLEA and the president of Nigeria at the same time. Someone has to be in charge of agencies.


Nigerians are not ready for a working society. If you like make Jesus Christ the president of Nigeria he will get frustrated with the system.

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Re: Buhari Sacks Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, NDLEA Chairman by Omihanifa: 5:10pm On Jan 10
The way and manner public office holders steal in this country is mind blogging shocked

Imagine this one stealing 2.8billon naira and also selling the NDLEA chairman's quarters in Ikoyi shocked

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Re: Buhari Sacks Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, NDLEA Chairman by Racoon(m): 5:14pm On Jan 10
It is not surprising that President Buhari is even sacking the man and yet the offending man is still carrying out a hurried recruitment because a president have taught them how to institute anarchy and lawlessness.

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Re: Buhari Sacks Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, NDLEA Chairman by AdaugoChisom(f): 5:15pm On Jan 10
Bad leaders everywhere
Re: Buhari Sacks Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, NDLEA Chairman by Racoon(m): 5:18pm On Jan 10
Okoroawusa:
....Forgetting that it's a shame that a Nigerian was given a government agency to head and he made a mess of it.....If you like make Jesus Christ the president of Nigeria he will get frustrated with the system.
You're one of the well known sai baba disciple here so an apple does not fall far from its tree.It should strike you that the president instituted & encouraged nepotism hence anarchy, lawlessness, incompetency, & corruption with his appointment of these persons.

Lawal Babachir was indicted twice by the senate committee over his grass cutting scandal but Buhari as usual defended & sustained him in govt because of same nepotism & condoning of his corrupt cronies.

Former Prof.Isaac Adewole set up a panel that indicted the former NHIS sec.-Prof.Yusuf of gross nepotism & corruption twice.What did he do? Reinstate the man in both occasions until he was forced to do a volte face.

So the president set up the scene for all manners of lawlessness of this nature because a leader's sin is a leading sin.Meanwhile, dont take or drag the name of the Lord Jesus Christ or God in vain with Nigerian politics.

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Re: Buhari Sacks Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, NDLEA Chairman by Karlovich: 5:19pm On Jan 10
embarassed This is the handiwork of the heroin addict from Iragbiji, I wonder what he's up to?

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Re: Buhari Sacks Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, NDLEA Chairman by sammy7410(m): 5:39pm On Jan 10
Oga only sack? abeg help us disband them too oooo!!!
cause those guys they worry us 4 here oooo, waiting we no do them go say we do, the other day market way dey come dis way dis people intercept am #end NDLEA

Re: Buhari Sacks Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, NDLEA Chairman by TruthHurts1(m): 5:40pm On Jan 10
grin

So since Bubu appointed him in 2016 he has been cornering all the financial resources of the NDLEA into his pocket, but he just getting sacked after 4 years?
It's more likely that the guy stopped giving Bubu a share of the stolen money.

“Since 2016 that Abdallah took over, he stopped the pay­ment of monthly running cost to commanders. This has continued all through his tenure.

“The monthly allocation of the agency of about N48 million is used to service Abdallah’s personal inter­est. This has amounted to the sum of N2.8 billion in the past five years”, the petition alleged.

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Re: Buhari Sacks Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, NDLEA Chairman by Englov(m): 5:40pm On Jan 10
Only sack?
Re: Buhari Sacks Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, NDLEA Chairman by blinking001(m): 5:40pm On Jan 10
Gbam. My president has once again proved to Nigerians that he's a no nonsense man. Indeed he's a man of the people... the father of our modern democracy.
You dont mess with the image of the peoples general and still expect to be pampered by him. Once you're a given a task by our able president and you fumble, be rest assured that you're going to be replaced. He has once again proved this fact.
God bless the peoples General.

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Re: Buhari Sacks Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, NDLEA Chairman by QualityCool: 5:40pm On Jan 10
Hmmm
Re: Buhari Sacks Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, NDLEA Chairman by Driedfish: 5:41pm On Jan 10
Meow meow.


I’m impressed...



Since the Chairman has been sacked, does it mean boys like slowormiir can now do drugs legally now until they appoint a new chairman?

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Re: Buhari Sacks Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, NDLEA Chairman by DataRev: 5:41pm On Jan 10
ok


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Re: Buhari Sacks Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, NDLEA Chairman by TalkTalkTwins(m): 5:41pm On Jan 10
One thief removed.
To be replaced with another

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Re: Buhari Sacks Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, NDLEA Chairman by Zexpomma(m): 5:41pm On Jan 10
Ifs he's corrupt good for him

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Re: Buhari Sacks Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, NDLEA Chairman by mustafaa: 5:42pm On Jan 10
Kingosytex:
Bubu should also extend the sack to the service chiefs...Those men are highly incompetent.

"I read all your comments in the media on the issue of extending the IGP's tenure. I might not be able to read all editors' notes, but I do. One of you in the media has given me the last warning over the seeming bias of the IGP. I can assure you, I will take absolute action. I take absolute responsibility for his failures and successes.

On the service chiefs, I personally believe you don't change service chiefs in moments you have emergencies. The security challenges we inherited made me appointed the best out of the service and we are still in emergency. Changing them would cause a big division in the armed forces. I have been there before for over 20 years. I was a military governor, I rose through ranks, I was also a minister. During the civil war, I was at the front without turning back, for 30 months. They all have ambitions. If you remove the service chiefs now, all these ambitious officers can do anything and the situation might get worse but as I have said, I take full responsibility for keeping them against your advice."

Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR.


He is the President. He sees and have access to information more than you. This is not a personal business where a "sack and appoint" approach works. This is a country, a country full of sabotages.

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Re: Buhari Sacks Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, NDLEA Chairman by Mindlog: 5:42pm On Jan 10
"However, there is disquiet in the paramilitary agency as the sacked chairman em­barked on a massive recruit­ment, barely 24 hours after he got a letter to handover"......Sighs

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Re: Buhari Sacks Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, NDLEA Chairman by zoedew: 5:42pm On Jan 10
ijustdey:


https://www.independent.ng/buhari-sacks-abdallah-ndlea-chairman/

Unserious critics! Took them five years to come to the dismal conclusion the man is incompetent. Five years!

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Re: Buhari Sacks Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, NDLEA Chairman by Starships4u(m): 5:42pm On Jan 10
OK... Their business
Re: Buhari Sacks Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, NDLEA Chairman by samwheel(m): 5:43pm On Jan 10
What of buratai
Re: Buhari Sacks Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, NDLEA Chairman by MondayOsunbor(m): 5:43pm On Jan 10
Kingosytex:
Bubu should also extend the sack to the service chiefs...Those men are highly incompetent.

Haruna, who was in the United Kingdom during the notice, had to cut short his trip as he hurried­ly returned to Nigeria at the weekend.

Enjoyments too much for Nigeria govt work

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