Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig.-Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (retd.), has ordered newly promoted officers and men of the anti-narcotic agency to go all out and crush drug cartels across the country.

Since he became the NDLEA boss, the agency has been experiencing a lot of progress in terms of apprehension of some drug lords.

Speaking during the decoration of the newly promoted Deputy Commanders General of Narcotics (DCGNs) and Assistant Commanders General of Narcotics (ACGNs) in Abuja, the NDLEA boss said the promotion was among the agency’s efforts to ensure the success of the nation’s anti-drug war.

“Any clog in our wheels, we’ll destroy and must be crushed. This war must be pursued relentlessly; the entire country mobilised, and we must succeed,” he said.

On the agency’s success since his assumption of office, Marwa attributed  this to the support of President Muhammadu Buhari. According to him, Buhari graciously approved payment of liabilities and entitlements owed the workers for years and the burial expenses due to families of deceased officers since 2015.

While assuring the officers and men of the agency that their welfare and care are priorities to the agency, Marwa said he would continue to remain uppermost under his leadership.

Speaking at the event, Chairman of the Harmonisation Committee and Special Adviser to the Chairman, Col. Yakubu Bako (retd.); Director of Administration and Establishment, Sani Ibrahim Sani, as well as the Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, Victoria Egbase, hailed Marwa for restoring the dignity and morale of the workforce through his purposeful and result-oriented leadership.

Marwa had on June 17, 2021approved the immediate promotion of 3,506 officers and men to their next ranks, after long years of stagnation in the agency. The development followed the submission of the report of the harmonisation committee he constituted shortly after assuming office in January.

He has been able to address the low morale and stagnation in the career of the agency’s personnel after due consideration of the recommendations by the committee.

The NDLEA Chief Executive also approved the immediate promotion of 2,910 officers between the rank of Narcotic Assistant I and Superintendent of Narcotics, while 596 others, between Chief Superintendent of Narcotics and Assistant Commander General of Narcotics, were recommended to the board of the agency for elevation to their next ranks.

A breakdown of the list of promoted officers and men shows eight Assistant Commanders General of Narcotics (ACGN) were elevated to the rank of Deputy Commander General of Narcotics (DCGN); 20 Commanders of Narcotics (CN) to Assistant Commander General of Narcotics; 54 Deputy Commanders of Narcotics to Commander of Narcotics; 14 Assistant Commanders of Narcotics to Commander of Narcotics; 150 Assistant Commanders of Narcotics to Commander of Narcotics; and 350 Chief Superintendents of Narcotics to Assistant Commander of Narcotics.

So far, 630 Superintendents of Narcotics have been promoted to Chief Superintendent of Narcotics. They include Deputy Superintendent of Narcotics to Superintendent of Narcotics (41); Assistant Superintendent of Narcotics to Superintendent of Narcotics (481); Assistant Superintendent of Narcotics I to Deputy Superintendent of Narcotics (157); Assistant Superintendent of Narcotics II to Assistant Superintendent of Narcotics I (12); Assistant Superintendent of Narcotics II to Deputy Superintendent of Narcotics (187); Chief Narcotic Agent to Assistant Superintendent of Narcotics I (119); Chief Narcotic Agent to Assistant Superintendent of Narcotics II (47); Senior Narcotic Agent to Chief Narcotic Agent (1,006); Narcotic Agent to Chief Narcotic Agent (four); Narcotic Agent to Senior Narcotic Agent (68); Narcotic Assistant I to Senior Narcotic Assistant (one) and Narcotic Assistant I to Narcotic Agent (78).

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