Roli Bode-George, the Wife of elder statesman and a Peoples Democratic Party chieftain, Bode George, is the new head of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
Following her promotion, she has now become the first woman to head the agency in all capacity, after the retirement of Ahmadu Giade, who led the agency for 10 years.
In its 25-year history, the agency has been led by Fidelis Oyakhilome, Fulani Kwajafa, Ba’ppa Jama’re, Musa Bamaiyi, Ogbonnaya Onovo, Iliya Lokadang, Bello Lafiaji and Ahmadu Giade.
Mitchel Ofoyeju, spokesperson of the agency, said that Giade presented George the flag of office as he bowed out on Wednesday.
“This is the first time in the agency’s history that an outgoing chairman will successfully serve for 10 years without blemish,” he said in a statement.
Speaking at his farewell ceremony, Giade said his greatest legacy was “zero tolerance for corruption”.
”If we must continue to dislodge drug barons and eradicate drugs from our society we must remain forthright and committed to drug control programmes,” he said.
”I am also leaving behind a legacy of proactive and intelligence-led organisation. The Agency, under my watch has a representative at INTERPOL headquarters and has successfully raised the international profile of the country through unprecedented seizures of drugs and arrest of drug barons”.
“The removal of Nigeria from the majors list opened doors to a robust cooperation and partnership with stakeholders.
He said the NDLEA has witnessed unprecedented training programmes for officers sponsored by US, Germany, Spain, France and the European Union.
Roli George said: “NDLEA will continue to be proactive and operate as an intelligence-led agency.
“The agency will apply modern techniques and diligently implement the National Drug Control Master Plan in collaboration with stakeholders.”
Giade was appointed as the head of the agency in 2005, following the dismissal of Bello Lafiaji by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.