The upsurge in fresh cases of COVID-19 has forced the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to suspend its ongoing recruitment process.
In his statement on Monday, Jonah Achema the Deputy Commander of Narcotic, who doubles as the agency spokesman explained that the suspension was in line with the directive of the Minister of Justice Abubakar Mallami.
Further revealing that the suspension of the screening process was as a result of the alarming rise in fresh COVID-19 cases in the country, Achema said.
“The agency is prepared to seek 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 and possibility of strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols.
“The screening team had been directed to suspend all actions and return to the National Headquarters, Abuja, immediately for further briefing.
“There shall be no prejudice against any candidate that turned up for the screening or that failed to do so.”
It will be recalled that the drug law enforcement agency on January 8 released the names of applicants that were successfully shortlisted.
The shortlisted candidates were supposed to visit the agency’s academy; Citadel Counter-Narcotics Nigeria, Katton-Rikkos, Jos, for screening and documentation between Jan. 10 and Jan. 23.
In a related development, the minister of state for Health Olorunibe Mamora revealed that the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) might suspend its National Identity Number enrollment process as a result of the upsurge in COVID-19 cases as well.