THE National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has again dismissed a trending video showing its officers engaging in misconduct while on official duty.
In the 28 seconds video, which is currently trending across social media platforms, some men wearing NDLEA jackets were seen taking drugs inside a minibus.
In a statement on Tuesday, April 25, the spokesperson of the Agency, Femi Babafemi, said the video is an old skit and not real.
“The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, wishes to reiterate that a trending video of some persons wearing red jackets similar to the ones used by officers and men of the Agency for operational purposes, operating in a minibus, is an old skit, which the Agency had disclaimed a year old.
“The Agency had in a well-publicised statement released on Saturday, 21st May 2022, stated that it had established, following a series of Public enquiries, that the video with screenshot pictures attached to the statement is a skit produced by one Mathew C Eze, who lives in the Lekki area of Lagos.
“A year after, the video has returned to the social media space, a development that has led to several enquiries from concerned members of the Public on the authenticity of the content of the video,” the NDLEA stated.
The anti-drug agency emphasised that social media content creators must exercise restraint, responsibility, and decorum in using law enforcement officers’ equipment to avoid misunderstandings and insinuations.
The NDLEA noted that the video has confused the minds of members of the public.
The agency also reminded those who engage in such ‘mischief’, particularly while wearing one of its official coats, that doing so has repercussions.
In May 2022, the NDLEA disclaimed the same trending video of some persons wearing jackets similar to the ones used by its operatives as a skit.
NDLEA spokesperson Babafemi said the video was not real in a statement released at that time.