Ahmadu Giade, a retired deputy commissioner of police, was appointed chairman of the Nigerian National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in November 2005. He replaced Bello Lafiaji, who was dismissed by President Obasanjo due to allegations of corruption.
Speaking in October 2008 before a United Nations committee discussing crime prevention, criminal justice and international drug control, Giade said that one of the most significant problems faced in Nigeria was the misuse of cannabis. Nigeria needed the help of the international community to fully tackle the situation.
In a 2009 paper he said adverse consequences of cannabis cultivation include political instability, drug addiction, money laundering, health problems, criminality and untimely death.
He has described drug barons as agents of death who always work towards a failed state wherever they are allowed to operate.
In November 2015, Ahmadu Giade formally handed over the Agency to its Director General, Mrs. Roli Bode George at a ceremony in the Ikoyi Headquarters in Lagos. At the Ceremony Giade Said“I am leaving the agency better than I met it 10 years ago. My greatest legacy is my 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. I am leaving behind a legacy of proactive and intelligence-led organisation”.
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