By Alex Okoro

OrderPaperToday- The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate seizures and disposal of drugs of offenders by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)  from year 2000 to date.

It also urged the agency to halt further destruction of seized drugs and an impending auction of seized assets and properties of drug offenders pending the conclusion of the investigation.

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The decision arose from a motion entitled “Need to investigate the activities of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA from 2000 to date” sponsored by Muhammad Soba and unanimously adopted by the House.

Debating the motion, Soba expressed worry that the NDLEA in the last ten years has not given adequate account of seized drugs, assets and properties of offenders whose estimated value is about thirty five billion naira.

He added that staff members of the agency have complained of poor remuneration and infrastructure of the agency in the past years.

The lawmaker revealed that the NDLEA is about to dispose hard drugs and auction some seized and forfeited assets of drug offenders in the next few days, an exercise he say is usually shrouded in secrecy contrary to establish legal procedures.

Ayo Omidiran who supported the probe states that “if there are no salary for the staff till now as reported, it means illegal means are used to fund themselves”.

Following a voice vote, Speaker Yakubu Dogara referred the matter to the Committee on Drugs and Narcotics with a mandate to report back within six weeks for further legislative action.

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