‘No N4.5bn Padded Into Our 2022 Budget’, Says NDLEA

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has dismissed insinuations from some quarters that N4.5 billion was padded into its proposed 2022 budget.

The rebuttal was issued in a statement signed by Femi Babafemi, NDLEA’s Head of Media and Advocacy, on Wednesday.

According to Babafemi, the anti-narcotics agency has been inundated with calls and messages since Tuesday seeking clarification on the alleged insertion of N4.5 billion for the construction of police barracks into the NDLEA’s proposed budget being considered by the Senate.

The agency, however, explained that it was a typographical error, whose correction has since been effected.

The statement partly read: “It is public knowledge that President Muhamadu Buhari magnanimously approved the construction of barracks for NDLEA over a period of four years starting from 2022 fiscal year. Investigations have confirmed that the amount in question is indeed for the construction of NDLEA barracks but typographically inputted as ‘police barracks’ in one of the documents attached to the proposal from the Budget Office.

“The typo error has since been corrected and the budget cleared on Tuesday by the Senate Committee.”

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