Reports say President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah as the new Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
The Secretary to Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, made the announcement on Monday, Jan 18, through a statement signed by Bolaji Adebiyi, Director of Press, SGF Office. The appointment took effect from January 11, 2016, and will be for a first tenure of five years.
Abdallah, born November 13, 1954, is from Hong, in Adamawa State.
The statement noted that Mr. Abdallah is a Professional Security Officer whose public service career spanned over 30 years during which he served in various capacities and strategic positions in the military.
A Professional Security Officer, he has spent his 30 years of public service career in various capacities and strategic positions in the military.
Mohammed Abdallah is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the Nigeria Army, has a Certificate of Education from Nigeria Defence Academy in 1977, a Bachelor’s Degree in American Politics and Government from Sam Houston State University, Huntville, Texas, USA in 1989. He also has an M. A. Public Administration, LLB and LLM Degrees from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria 2005 and 2011 respectively and Bachelor of Law from the Nigeria Law School in 2006.
Abdallah takes over from Roli Bode-George (the first woman to head the agency) and wife of a former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Bode George, who was the Acting Chairman of the Agency from November 2015, following the expiration of Mallam Ahmadu Giade’s tenure. Giade who served for 10 years has been described as the longest-serving NDLEA boss in the history of the anti-drug agency.
The NDLEA is an anti-drug agency charged with the responsibility of detection and prevention of offences in violation of any of the sections of the Act setting up the Agency. The responsibility includes, the monitoring of the movement of goods and services into and out of the country, in collaboration with the Nigerian Customs services and also conducting searches on persons and on incoming and outgoing vessels, including pleasure crafts, fishing vessels as well as aircraft, and other vehicles. By so doing, consignments suspected to contain drugs and psychotropic substances coming into or going out of the country are detected and impounded.