The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has suspended the screening of applicants in its ongoing recruitment exercise.

The spokesman of the agency, Jonah Achema, said on Monday that this is in compliance with the directive of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

The Agency last week announced the release of the list of 5000 shortlisted candidates who were to proceed to the agency’s Academy in Jos for final screening and enlistment, but Malami ordered the suspension of the exercise given the current and alarming wave of COVID- 19 pandemic across the country.

“The Agency is prepared to seek advice from the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID- 19 on the public health implications of such an exercise, especially as it relates to the adequacy and possibility of strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols.

“The Acting Chairman of the agency, Shadrach Haruna has therefore directed the screening team to suspend all actions and return to the National Headquarters, Abuja immediately for further briefing. He further stated that there shall be no prejudice against any candidate that tuned up for the screening or that failed to do so,” Achema said.

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