….wants Buhari to sack anti-drug agency head, ”who says, he is untouchable”
A group of staffers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has petitioned the Senate and President Muhammadu Buhari over what they described as massive looting and mis-management of the anti-drug agency by its Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, Col Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (rtd).
In a letter titled ” President Buhari: Save NDLEA from decadence”,dated November 6, 2017, signed by one Musa Ahmed Yusuf, on behalf of the group, referred to as; ”Concerned Officers” , the workers demand for the immediate dismissal of the agency top boss, in order to ”save the country from the tragic woes of irredeemable drug abuse and trafficking”.
The letter accused Col. Abdallah of criminally amassing over 528 million naira from the monthly allocation of the Agency through inappropriate foreign travels.
It also alleged that under the former Army Officer, over sixty (60) officers have died in a short space of two years out of what it described as frustration extreme despair.
it stated further that the NDLEA has witnessed a high rate of voluntary and
retirement by officers under Abdalla dictatorship.
”Officers are deeply frustrated with his leadership over lack of promotion, poor welfare package, and horrible working conditions. In spite of a large number of officers who have died in the past two years, Abdallah did not see the justification for a life insurance scheme to cushion the hardship of officers and their family members. the letter said.
Continuing, the letter lamented that the agency’s boss is far from being ideal for his position.
”The situation has forced concerned observers to suggest that the NDLEA Act be urgently amended for the Chairman/Chief Executive to among other qualifications be a very senior and experienced officer preferably a Major General or an Inspector General who will be selfless and boldly address the problems of officers. In addition, such an individual should also be subject to screening by the Senate as it is obvious that if Abdallah was screened, he would not have gotten the job. Obviously, the certificates paraded by Abdallah have not reflected in his performance thus far.
The tesrsely, wordy letter also made further allegations against Abdallah.
” Abdallah has exacerbated corruption in the Agency due to gross incompetence and his style of starving officers of money to run their commands. In the history of
NDLEA, Abdallah has the worst record of not giving commanders funds to run their commands. As a matter of fact, it on record that commanders were only paid a paltry sum of N130,000 once in February 2016 in two years. The House of Representative Committee on Drugs and Financial Crimes were shocked to observe that Abdallah spent over 85 percent of the monthly allocation to the Agency on frivolous foreign travels but action is yet to be taken against him. Abdallah reportedly boasted that he campaigned vigorously for Mr. President and that he is untouchable. This must be properly investigated as Nigerians deserve an explanation on how taxpayers money is spent.
” It should not be swept under the carpet. Each of his foreign trips gulps a
minimum of eleven million naira (N11m) and he travels once and in some cases twice in a month. This is the height of executive recklessness. Abdallah acts with an ungodly impunity by spending over 85 percent out of about 48 million naira monthly allocation on his foreign and local travels.
”Commanders are left without money to run the commands. They cannot protest
because such moves are interpreted as mutiny. Almost all the State command offices across the country are in dire need of repairs. The buildings are dilapidated with leaking roofs, broken walls and fences as well as lack of office furniture. ”Today, more than half of the commanders have about five years to their retirement yet they have been neglected by Abdallah. It is difficult to blame any commander that decides to compromise because Abdallah considers the monthly allocation to the Agency as his personal money. It is strange that he can be so unquestionable even in a democracy”.