Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has directed the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to put screening of 5,000 new recruits on hold.
The order was contained in a statement Friday night by Dayo Apata, Solicitor General of the Federation.
Apata is also the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice.
NDLEA had asked the candidates to go to the agency’s academy, Citadel Counter-Narcotics Nigeria, (CCNN) at Katton-Rikkos, Jos, Plateau State.
They are to appear for the screening and documentation exercise between January 10 and 23, 2021.
But Malami said though the exercise is long overdue and necessary for the actualization of the NDLEA mandate, “the timing is ill-advised and inappropriate.”
The AGF cited the current and alarming wave of COVID-19 pandemic across the country.
Malami directed Apata to seek advice from the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on the public health implications of the NDLEA exercise.
The minister directed the NDLEA Chairman “to stay further action on this matter pending the receipt of clarification/advice from the Presidential Task Force”.
The chairman was further requested to notify the applicants of the development accordingly.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has released the list of successful applicants in its ongoing recruitment exercise.
NDLEA spokesman, Deputy Commander of Narcotics (DCN) Jonah Achema, disclosed this in a statement he issued on Friday, NAN reports.
Achema called on those who scaled through to visit the agency’s website www.ndlea.gov.org for the list.
The spokesman also disclosed that those shortlisted have been contacted via E-mail and SMS.
“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.