COVID-19: Malami orders NDLEA to halt screening of 5,000 new recruits
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN, has ordered the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, to suspend its planned screening and documentation exercise for 5,000 new recruits.
The Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, has asked the drug law enforcement agency, NDLEA, to halt the recruitment of 5,000 personnel.
VON reported how the agency shortlisted 5,000 persons among those who applied to join it.
The shortlisted applicants were to appear at the NDLEA academy in Jos to conclude their recruitment.
However, on Friday, Mr Malami said the recruitment should be halted as such gathering could violate COVID-19 protocols.
Nigeria is currently experiencing a second wave of COVID-19 with the country recording more infections in the past month than at any other previous month.
To check the spread of the virus, the federal government has banned large gatherings and ordered the closure of nightclubs and bars, among other measures.
On the NDLEA recruitment, Mr Malami said he has asked “Solicitor General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr. Dayo Apata, SAN to seek clarification/advice from the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on the public health implications of such an exercise especially as it relates to the adequacy/possibility of strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols by 5000 applicants at this time of the nation’s health emergency.”