By Michael Olugbode
Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Retd) along with directors, men and officers at the national headquarters of the Agency in Abuja on Monday undergo a surprise drug integrity test.
According to a statement on Monday by the Director, Media & Advocacy, NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, officials were taken unawares when upon resumption to duty, the gates to the headquarters office were ordered shut and everyone asked to gather in batches at the conference hall where a team of medical doctors led by the Medical Director of Synapse Services, Dr. Vincent Udenze, a consultant in addiction psychiatry, was already assembled with their equipment for urine drug test.
He said In a brief remark shortly before he took his own test, Marwa said the impromptu test was necessary to ensure that charity begins at home.
He said: “We cannot be asking others to undergo drug test without submitting ourselves for the same. Coming out clean and negative gives us the moral authority to conduct the test on others. The essence of also taking everyone by surprise and inviting external medical personnel to conduct the test is to further strengthen the validity of the exercise.”
Babafemi said the test results already released by the medical team showed that Marwa returned negative along with the Secretary to the Agency, Barrister Shadrack Haruna and other Directors at the national headquarters of the NDLEA.