Massive Fraud Rocks NDLEA Over Recruitment
Concerned officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have called for the immediate arrest of the agency’s Director of Administration and Finance, Yohanna-Silas Mshelia, who refused to leave office having attained the age of 60 years.
They also called for a forensic audit of the agency’s account for the past four years under the Chairmanship of retired Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah.
The officers alleged that Mshelia who worked till the last day of retirement on Friday, October 11, 2019, has refused to hand over with the intention of elongating his service contrary to the Federal Civil Service regulations. He was born on October 11, 1959, called to Bar in 1984 and was employed on August 21, 1998 with a bachelor degree on grade level 14 contrary to entry regulations.
It was gathered that Mshelia working under the directive of Abdallah allegedly used Emplug, an ICT firm that established a recruitment portal to swindle the Agency of the sum of N100 million.
Already, it was also alleged that Emplug has been paid the sum of N60 million for creating the recruitment portal that lasted for only three weeks.
According to Sunday Independent investigations, recruitment in the NDLEA is usually handled by a committee of officers drawn from the Directorates of Training and Administration, but the ongoing recruitment is being handled by Mshelia and Abdallah using Emplug, a company alleged to belong to the duo.
Besides the monumental recruitment fraud, Mshelia is also alleged to have been paying the sum of N25 million to Abdallah every month from the Agency’s overhead for unexplainable foreign travels.