The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has regarded as false, reports alleging lopsidedness in the promotion of its personnel.
The anti-narcotics Agency debunked the allegations in a statement on Wednesday by its Director of Media and Advocacy, Mr. Femi Babafemi.
TheFact Daily reports that some aggrieved officers of the agency had, in an article sent to, and published by an online news outlet, SaharaReporters, lamented that the NDLEA leadership failed to promote some of its officers who are due, without giving them any reason. The officers further decried the high level of injustice in the promotion exercise recently carried out by the NDLEA.
Babafemi, in his statement, noted that the issue raised by the aggrieved personnel arose as far back as 2011, which was 10 years before the current leadership of the agency’s boss, Brig. Gen. Muhammed Buba Marwa. However, in 2021, shortly after the Marwa-led administration assumed duties, 70% of its personnel who had hitherto stagnated in one rank for fifteen to twenty years, were elevated and their ranks harmonised.
“Even though more than half of the personnel referred to in the reports had been promoted in the recent promotion exercise, the ongoing expansion of the agency which creates more vacancies for officers and men to move up, no doubt
provides the window for the few not yet affected to be elevated in another exercise underway for the junior ranks”, Babafemi stated.
Babafemi assured personnel that the Chairman/CEO “considers their welfare paramount and central to the successes achieved so far by his administration”, adding that the leadership would “continue to pay attention to their career progression in the interest of the overall high productivity goal set for all Commands and Formations of the agency”.