The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the construction of barracks to house National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) officers.
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), said this in a news conference following the FEC meeting on Wednesday, saying the project became essential due to “unprecedented” threats and attacks against agency officials, officers, men, and other ranks.
“What was presented today by the office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice is a council memo at the instance of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). As you are aware, there is a renewed and sustained onslaught against drug cartels and barons overtime.
“Within the three months of 2023, about 18,940 arrests were affected by the NDLEA and drugs with estimated value of over N40 billion naira were confiscated. Again, about 2,904 convictions were recorded. These successes that were recorded unfortunately translated to unprecedented threats and attacks on personnel, officers, men and other ranks of the agency.
“And then the need has arisen for the Federal Government to consider the possibility of security measures that will now provide the prerequisite protection to the officers and men of the agency for commission.”
Malami went on to say that the project’s contracts had been given to two companies. Wizchino Engineering Limited and JP Sigma Nigeria Ltd are their names.
He stated that the blocks, which are made up of many flats, cost N2.2 billion to the first contractor and N2.8 billion to the second contractor.
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