Buhari Appoints Retired Army Colonel New NDLEA Boss

Muhammad Mustapha AbdallahPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Monday approved the appointment of Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah as the new Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

The appointment of Mr. Abdallah as new CEO of the narcotics agency was contained in a statement by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal.

According to the statement, the appointment takes effect from January 11, 2016 and is for a first tenure of five years.

The position of Chairman, CEO of NDLEA became vacant following the retirement of Ahmadu Giade last year November after 10 years of service.

Profile of new NDLEA Chairman:

Abdallah is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the Nigeria Army, who holds a Certificate of Education from Nigeria Defence Academy (1977); a Bachelor’s Degree in American Politics and Government from Sam Houston State University, Huntville, Texas, USA (1989).

He bagged an M. A. Public Administration, LLB and LLM Degrees from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria in 2005 and 2011 respectively, and Bachelor of Law from the Nigeria Law School (2006).

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.

He hails from Hong, Adamawa State and was born on November 13, 1954.