Wife of Peoples Democratic Party chieftain, Bode George, Roli Bode-George, has emerged as the first ever woman to head the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in an unofficial capacity.
TheCable reports that, she assumed the position of the Chairman of the agency following the retirement of the former chairman of the agency, Ahmadu Giade who had headed the agency for 10 years.
Roli assumed the position as the second most senior officer of the agency after Giade.
Mitchel Ofoyeju, spokesperson of the agency, said that Giade presented Roli with the flag of office as he bowed out on Wednesday.
“This is the first time in the agency’s history that an outgoing chairman will successfully serve for 10 years without blemish,” he said in a statement. Speaking at his farewell ceremony, Giade said his greatest legacy was “zero tolerance for corruption”.
“If we must continue to dislodge drug barons and eradicate drugs from our society we must remain forthright and committed to drug control programmes,” he said.
“I am also leaving behind a legacy of proactive and intelligence-led organisation. The Agency, under my watch has a representative at INTERPOL headquarters and has successfully raised the international profile of the country through unprecedented seizures of drugs and arrest of drug barons.”
“The removal of Nigeria from the majors list opened doors to a robust cooperation and partnership with stakeholders. He said the NDLEA has witnessed unprecedented training programmes for officers sponsored by US, Germany, Spain, France and the European Union. Bode-George said: “NDLEA will continue to be proactive and operate as an intelligence-led agency.
“The agency will apply modern techniques and diligently implement the National Drug Control Master Plan in collaboration with stakeholders.”
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