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NDLEA Stops Pay Of Two Wanted Officers Over Drug-related Offences

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SAN FRANCISCO, September 29, (THEWILL) – The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Tuesday said it has stopped the salaries of two personnel who are currently on the run and wanted for allegedly conspiring with suspected drug barons.

The agency's Chief Executive, Ahmadu Giade in a statement in Abuja named the officers as Superintendent of Narcotics, Daniel Goska, and Chief Narcotic Agent, Ndubuisi Ughor.

He said the officers were last seen on duty on Aug. 7, 2015, pointing out that absenteeism from duty for 21 days was punishable by dismissal as prescribed by the NDLEA regulation.

Giade said the officers were declared wanted following their sudden disappearance after a drug suspect was nabbed with 74.4kg of narcotics at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.

The statement said Giade had vowed to rid the agency of all undesirable elements in its bid to sustain the heat against illicit drug traffickers in the country.

“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 said.

He stated that no act of indiscipline and misconduct would go unpunished, stressing that the agency had made remarkable progress both in drug control and respect for the rule of law.

The statement said the officers had been found wanting for conspiracy, aiding and abetting one suspected drug trafficker, Dayson-Eddie Chukwu and three others held for unlawful exportation of 74.4kg of narcotic drug.

Giade, who reiterated the agency's commitment to a drug-free Nigeria, called for support especially on useful information about the whereabouts of the affected officers.