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We’re not harassing Patience Jonathan, says NDLEA

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By Evelyn Usman
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA Monday, stated that it had no case against wife of former President, Mrs Patience Jonathan, describing allegations of harassment credited to the later as misleading.

Patience Jonathan

The agency’s head, Public Affairs, Ofoyeju Mitchell, in a statement issued to Vanguard , said “ Mrs. Jonathan in a petition presented before the House of representative by a law maker from Rivers State, Mr. Gogo Bright-Tamuno, on behalf of her lawyer, Granville Abibo alleged that NDLEA and other agencies were constantly harassing her.

The Speaker, Yakubu Dogara who presided over the session admitted the petition and referred it to the Committee on Public Petitions for hearing.

Though everybody is equal before the law, it is rather surprising that the Agency was mentioned in her petition when she is not being investigated.

“ NDLEA as a reputable agency of government does not harass rather it takes appropriate action against anyone or group of persons who contravene the NDLEA Act Cap N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2001.

This is done through painstaking investigation, arrest and prosecution of suspected drug traffickers. All operations are conducted in compliance with the rule of law and global best practices”

Reiterated its commitment to ridding the country of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances., Mitchell said

“The NDLEA remain committed to the fight against drug cultivation, trafficking and abuse. It will not harass but those who violate the provisions of the Act, no matter their status shall not go unpunished”. the statement said.

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