Aggrieved officers and men of the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Plateau State Command are protesting over aledged litany of inconsistencies and contradictions that characterized the recent promotion exercise carried out by the agency.
Investigation by our correspondent revealed that the affected officers cut across the 36 states of the federation including those at the international Airports, Seaport and other strategic locations.
Elanza News recalled that the current Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa retd on assumption of office constituted Promotion and Harmonization Committee under the Chairmanship of his Special Adviser, Col Yakubu Bako (Rtd).
It was gathered that the Committee jettisoned the Agency’s Scheme of Service 2019 and Condition of Service 2019. A development which did no go down well with the affected officers. According to them, the Committee derailed from its mandate, and what it produced was a sham.
But in a swift reactions the public relations officer, NDLEA Plateau State Command Mr. Patrick Bewarang when contacted for comment told our correspondent that he is not aware of the protest. According to him, there is no any protest against promotion irregularities by officers and men of the agency.
Some of the affected officers who spoke to our correspondent on the condition of anonymity in Jos aledged that the invocation of Federal Character in promotion of Chief Superintendent of Narcotics (CSN) GL 13 to Assistant Commander of Narcotics (ACN) GL 14, which hitherto, has never been the case has favoured a particular geo-political zone.
They explained that the Committee promoted some personnel that have not been pegged to the next rank ahead of those that have been pegged adding that as a matter of facts some have been awarded double promotion, from Superintendent of Narcotics (SN) GL 12 to (ACN).
“Some personnel were promoted ahead of their Seniors, example Narcotic Assistants (NA) GL 05 to Assistant Superintendent of Narcotics II (ASN II) GL 08 while leaving out those on the rank of Senior Narcotics Agents (SNA) GL 06 without any promotion, making their juniors, now their seniors.”
The officers further argued that some of their colleagues who have passed their conversion exams in 2010 and ought to have been on the rank of SN are left at Deputy Superintendent of Narcotics (DSN) GL 10, effectively loosing a rank stressing that some with lower entry qualifications were given more preference over those with higher qualifications.
They were also angry that some of their colleagues who have University Diploma whose entry rank was Senior Narcotic Agent (SNA), have been promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Narcotics II (ASN II) GL 08 while others to Assistant Superintendent of Narcotics I (ASNI) GL 09. They added that those with relevant National Diploma, from Polytechnic were left out.
According to them, after acknowledging the errors in the promotion exercise, the Cairmam Chief Executive Officer Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa retd constituted a review committee in July 2021, with a time frame of four weeks, to submit their findings and recommendation adding that up till now nothing has been heard about them.
The officers appeal to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Agency to as a matter of urgency look into this abnormality and discrepancies with a view to address them and ensure justice for all, to boost productivity of officers and men of the Agency in the fight against Illicit Drug consumption in the society.