- The current second wave of COVID-19 in Nigeria has stopped the recruitment of 5,000 people into the NDLEA
- AGF Malami, who ordered for the process to be temporarily stopped, said the exercise would violate the current COVID-19 protocols
- The minister of justice charged the recruitment officers to seek the necessary clarifications before proceeding with the recruitment process
The federal government has stopped the recruitment of 5,000 citizens into the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
Premium Times reports that the recruitment process was blocked by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami.
AGF Malami noted that continuing with the NDLEA recruitment would include the gathering of several people in one place. This, he noted, would violate the current nationwide COVID-19 protocols.
The minister of justice said while the recruitment exercise is long overdue and necessary for the actualization of the Agency’s mandate, the huge health concerns must be addressed.
A statement from Malami's office urged those in charge of the recruitment process to:
"seek clarification/advice from the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on the public health implications of such an exercise especially as it relates to the adequacy/possibility of strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols."
Malami's office said it was particularly concerned that the successful candidates were directed to gather at the NDLEA's academy, Citadel Counter-Narcotics Nigeria, (CCNN), Katton-Rikkos in Jos, Plateau state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported earlier that the announced the released of a list of successful applicants in its ongoing recruitment exercise.
NDLEA spokesman, Deputy Commander of Narcotics (DCN), Jonah Achema, made this known in a statement made available to the press on Friday, January 8.
Achema advised the successful candidates to visit the agency’s website www.ndlea.gov.org for the list, saying that those shortlisted had also been contacted via e-mail and SMS.
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