Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has admonished commanders, officers and men of the Agency against the detention of suspects beyond the limit allowed by law, even as he also prohibited the arrest of a relation, spouse or acquaintance of a suspected drug offender, often referred to as hostage arrest.
The directives were made known in a press release signed by agency’s Director, Media & Advocacy, Femi Babafemi in the reviewed operations and investigations guidelines to all commands of the Agency across the country. He said the order has become urgent in view of the current democratic dispensation in the country and the need to adhere strictly to constitutional provisions regarding arrest and detention of suspects.
The agency’s chairman has further directed that “investigations in all cases must be concluded not later than one (1) week”, adding that “in all cases of raid operations, all non-culpable suspects must be separated from those culpable and released immediately.” He equally demanded that all prosecutors must ensure prompt filing of charges in courts and pursue timely arraignment of suspects.
“The Agency and its personnel shall in the course of arrest and search respect the dignity of the human person of the suspect. Accordingly, a suspect shall not in any way be ill-treated. Leg chain and handcuff may only be used where the person is violent and/or resistant to arrest such that reasonable force is required to restrain him/her”, Gen. Marwa added.