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‘Drug Barons Are Celebrating’ – NDLEA Officers Lament Chairman’s Non-performance

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According to a petition by some NDLEA officers, “Drug barons are celebrating a great season of boom under Abdallah.”
Some officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have written a petition to the Presidency, accusing its Chairman of not performing up to expectation.
The aggrieved officers, who lamented that they had lost 58 officers between 2016 and 2018, also alleged that the number of impounded illicit drugs reduced drastically within the same period, when compared to previous years.
The officers, however, attributed these to the poor leadership style and inefficiency of Muhammed Abdallah, the NDLEA Chairman, who they claimed cared less about the welfare of the staff.
A petition, which emanated from the agency’s office in Ikoyi, dated August 22, 2018 and addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari, but obtained by our reporter, listed the names and ranks of the deceased officers.
The petition entitled: ‘Save the Soul of NDLEA from Oblivion’, was signed for the officers by one Musa Ahmed Yusuf and listed the names, ranks and the last commands of the dead officers, who they claimed died between 2016 and 2018.
The breakdown of the list, according to the petitioners, indicated that three Narcotics Assistants II; 13 Narcotics Agents, and three Senior Narcotics Agents died within the period.
Others are nine Chief Narcotics Agents; six Assistant Narcotics Superintendents; eight Deputy Narcotics Superintendents; nine Superintendents of Narcotics; six Chief Superintendent of Narcotics and one Assistant Commander of Narcotics.
Some of the commands included: Kaduna, Kwara, Lagos, Imo, Akwa Ibom, Plateau, Borno, Taraba, Delta, Yobe, Benue, Ogun, Bauchi, Sokoto, Gombe, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Ondo, Nasarawa, Kebbi, Kogi, Ekiti, Osun, Adamawa, Rivers, Seme, Edo, Cross River and Abia.
The petitioners decried that none of the families of the dead officers had been paid their entitlements and benefits, years after they were killed during service.
The petitioners added: “Abdallah is one mistake too many. He is the only Chairman since inception that comes to work two or three times in a month and that is when allocation is released. This is horrible for an agency saddled with the very important function of drug control.
“The purported relocation of NDLEA headquarters from Lagos to Abuja by Abdallah is a big fraud. First, the Abuja office is yet to be furnished; the officers that moved to Abuja have not been given an allowance, and the Ikoyi office has suffered power cut for over two years.”
The petitioners further alleged that there had been sharp decline in the number of drugs seized since 2016, when Abdallah was given the mandate to lead the agency.
According to them, in 2015 the agency seized drugs weighing 903,624.56kg, but in 2016, it drastically plummeted to 263,947.57kg and 309.713kg in 2017.
They alleged that the strategy of lack of promotion, poor welfare and lack of running cost to state commands by Abdallah was a grand plan to stagnate officers, demoralise and make them unable to launch attacks on drug barons.
According to them, the agency’s activities had been reduced to just “petty raids on small-time cannabis dealers”.
The petition read: “The frenzy of clamping down on clandestine laboratories that produce methamphetamine, as well as the large quantity of cocaine and heroin seizures at the seaports is now history. Drug barons are celebrating a great season of boom under Abdallah.”
The concerned officers demanded immediate investigation into the Chairman’s activities within the past two years, especially the lack of promotion of officers; payment of overhead cost to commands since 2016; illegal and incessant foreign travels; non-payment of benefits to dead officers, and the tacit lack of attack on drug barons among others.

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Bauchi Assembly passes bill for the management of its funds and two others bills

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The Bauchi State House of Assembly has passed the bill in to law for the management of its funds.

The Chairman House finance Committee Mr Abdullahi Abubakar disclosed this in an interview with Newsmen in Bauchi on friday.

“After a clause-to-clause consideration of the bill, the Speaker, Mr.Kawuwa Shehu Damina invited the Clerk of the House, to read the bill for the third time signifying its passage,” he said

He said the bill was signed in to law at a plenary session on Wednesday to provide the management of funds accruing to the Bauchi state House of Assembly from the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) of the state.

“In order to ensure accountability, transparency, effective and efficient utilisation of the fund,” Abubakar said
He stated that the bill will give effect to the forth alteration bill to the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria that provided for the autonomy of the state Assembly and judiciary.

Abubakar explained that the bill would ensured that any amount standing to the credit of the legislature in the CRF of the state will be paid directly to the statutory account of the legislature where monies received from CRF will be deposited.

He said that the causes contained in the bill are sufficiently enough to provide modalities for the smooth, effective and efficient implementation of financial autonomy in the house.

Meanwhile the house pass other 2 bills which pass the third reading at plenary on Thursday.

The speaker Mr Damina mentioned tha the bills for a law to establish the Bauchi state Market Advisory Council and for connected purposes.

“The second one is a bill for a law to harmonize the activities of development partners in the state, to provide for the establishment of directorate in planning commission for administration of donor partners support.

The speaker Damina after house deliberations then ordered the Clerk to the house to read the bill for the third time signifying its passage.

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‎NGO trains 1000 vulnerable women, PLWHA on skills acquisition in Bauchi

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A Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) in Bauchi Rahma Women Development Programme has trained 1000 vulnerable women and persons living with HIV/AIDS on various skills acquisitions.

Mrs Miriam Iliya the Executive Director Rahma Women Development made this known at the inauguration of Board of trustees in Bauchi on Friday.

“We embarked on the trainings in collaboration with the support of some international partners, the training was conducted within the period of nine months.

“The NGO was committed to make the trainees to become employers of labour in the future and be self reliance.

“The beneficiaries includes the People Living with HIV/AIDs and other vulnerable women whom were trained on different skills acquisitions such as Tailoring, Knitting, Barbing, Hair dressing saloon, Pomade and soap making and baking.

“We also give counselling to (PLWHA) to let them know that being positive is not the end of their lives and also disabuse their mind on the stereotype,”she said.

She however reminded the newly inaugurated board members that they are the custodians of the NGO and always to ensure right things goes in the right direction.

Earlier speaking the the Chairman Board of Directors Rahma Women Development Alhaji Bello Inuwa said the NGO had implemented several projects through international partners in various sectors that impact positively to the lives of people of Bauchi state.

“We carry out interventions in different various sectors such as health, education, water sanitation and hygiene, and micro finance credit facilities to women,” he said

Bello urged government at all levels to support local NGOs to improve the lives of the citizens: nothing that is only the NGOs that interact much with the grass roots people for implementation of projects.

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School teacher assaulted, manhandled by officers at Mabushi station

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A serving teacher with Dominion International School, Jabi, Abuja, Iorember Doolumun, recently reported that he was maimed by two men of the police force from Surveillance Unit, Mabushi Divisional Police Station while having breakfast in Gishiri Village.

Mr. Doolumun who revealed that he was still in a devastated mood, told journalist that he had only gone for a tea break in Gishiri Village when two armed men stormed the spot to order everyone to lie flat on the floor but despite his decent quest to ascertain the reason for such an assaultive invasion, he got loads of slaps and kick boots from the officers, who told him he was speaking too much grammar, noting that they were also graduates, before conveying him to the Gishiiri Police station in hand cuffs, to get two more slaps for explaining that he had asked a simple civil question.

He further disclosed that he was forced to append to a statement titled, ‘An assault on a police officer’, after which a fine of N10, 000 was paid by friends as ransome for his release, as he cautioned the federal government to quiz the status of such security men for the future of Nigeria, mostly as the 2019 elections are around the corner. He said:

“I went out to eat that morning at a spot in Gishiri village and it was barely minutes when I entered the place that two policemen from Surveillance Unit at Mabushi Divisional Police station invaded the restaurant and ordered everyone to lie flat on the floor.

“I politely asked why they had to assault innocent citizens but in response, they pounced on me with slaps on my ears and kickings all over, telling me they were also graduates before conveying me to the station, where the officer in-charge gave me two more slaps, saying I had assaulted police officers on duty.

“I was forced to write and sign a statement titled, ‘An assault on police officer’, before I was released on bail after payment of a N10, 000 as fine, and I can barely hear well with my ears even as I speak to you, and my limbs are even swollen from the battering.

“It’s very worrisome to think that these are the same supposed custodians of peace in the country and will be the ones to be used as security in the forthcoming elections.

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