NDLEA denies harassing Patience Jonathan

Former First Lady of Nigeria, Mrs Patience Jonathan

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has described allegations of harassment by the wife of former president, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, as ‘spurious and misleading,’ stating that it has no case against her.

The anti-narcotic body added that 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.

Mrs. Jonathan in a petition presented before the House of Representatives through a lawmaker from Rivers State, Gogo Bright-Tamuno, on behalf of her lawyer, Granville Abibo, had alleged that the NDLEA and other agencies were constantly harassing her.

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

“The 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,” it said.

NDLEA’s spokesman, Mitchel Ofoyeju, said, “All operations are conducted in compliance with the rule of law and global best practices.”

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