By Mustapha Jarju
Mr. Ousman Saidybah, head of public relations at the Drug Law Enforcement Agency of The Gambia (DLEAG), revealed that at least twenty-seven anti-drug officers were dismissed from their posts after failing a drug test.
Talk to The voice Journaling exclusively at his Pipeline office, he said: “This has happened for the officers who have been found to be faulty and they have also been treated accordingly because no one is above the law,” he said. he noted.
“The Narcotics Agency has instituted a system in which a drug test is carried out for every member of the DLEAG staff and it has been carried out by an independent consultant headed by one Mr. Barrow, and when he was Carried out in the initial phase, around 27 employees of the Drug Law Enforcement were found to be in default and were dismissed, ”he said.
He described the actions of the dismissed officers as unhappy and sad, saying that “law enforcement officers are paid to uphold the law.”
“And you yourself are abusing the law, it makes good sense that you arrest people for something that you yourself are committing, which is why the Agency, when we have a series of cases, we do drug tests, ”he added.
According to him, recently the anti-drug trafficking institution was hiring drivers but interested candidates were made aware of the principles which include undergoing a drug test, which forced some of the interested candidates not to come back for the test; a process he said is here to stay.
He noted that these are the mechanisms that are put in place because “you cannot be a drug law enforcement officer employed to enforce the law, but become the first to break that same law that you must protect. “.
He added that more is expected of law enforcement officers because they are paid to enforce the law of the land.
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