President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Muhammad Abdallah as the new the new Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.
The Secretary to Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, made the announcement on Monday through a statement signed by Bolaji Adebiyi, Director of Press, SGF Office.
Since November last year, Roli Bode George, the wife of PDP chieftain, Bode George, has been acting as chairman of the agency following the retirement of Alhaji Ahmadu Giade who bowed out after serving 10 years in the agency. Untilthen, she was the director general of the agency, a position she has held since former president Goodluck Jonathan appointed her in 2014.
Abdallah’s appointment which takes effect from January 11 will be for a first tenure of five years.
Mr. Abdallah, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Nigeria Army, has a Certificate of Education from Nigeria Defence Academy in 1977, a Bachelor’s Degree in American Politics and Government from Sam Houston State University, Huntville, Texas, USA in 1989, an M. A. Public Administration, LLB and LLM Degrees from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria 2005 and 2011 respectively and Bachelor of Law from the Nigeria Law School in 2006.
The statement noted that Mr. Abdallah is a Professional Security Officer whose public service career spanned over 30 years during which he served in various capacities and strategic positions in the military.
Born on November 13, 1954, the new NDLEA boss is from Hong, Adamawa State.