NDLEA Forms Division To Take On Drug Cartels, Syndicates

NDLEA Forms Division To Take On Drug Cartels, Syndicates

By ThisDay on May 12, 2021
Officers of the NDLEA at work in an undated photo

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has established a strike force division within the agency to effectively take on drug cartels and syndicates.

The anti-drug agency has also reshuffled its directorate for maximum operational efficiency.

A statement on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, by the spokesman of the agency, Femi Babafemi, said some of the directors of the NDLEA were reshuffled and a new directorate created to enhance efficiency and strengthen the operations of the lead narcotic agency in the country.

He said the reshuffling was announced by the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd), during a meeting with directors at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja on Monday.

He noted that the new movement was to propel the agency to greater achievements.

According to the statement, the new changes, which take effect from Tuesday, May 11, 2021, but the former Director of Administration and Establishment, Ezekiel Epeso, as the Director, Technical Services; with the former Head of Internal Affairs, Sani Ibrahim Sani, becoming the new Director of Administration and Establishment; while Pius Gamde, an Assistant Director, Legal Services, is now Director, Internal Affairs/Provost Marshal of the agency.

Ahmed Ninigi, the former Director of Technical Services, has been moved to the newly created directorate as Commander, Strike Force/Director, Special Duties.

According to Marwa, the various tactical and SWAT teams across the commands have been merged and renamed strike force, which will now function under the new directorate headed by Ninigi.

He said: “What we are doing now is to reposition the NDLEA to be able to effectively take on the drug cartels and syndicates operating in any part of the country. We have to target the cartels and not only the traffickers; we have to put more bite.”


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