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It is the duty of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA to check the cultivation, processing or manufacturing, marketing, including the exportation and trafficking of hard drugs in Nigeria.

They are positioned at the portals of the country: international airports, seaports and borders, to make sure every product entering or leaving the country is free of hard drugs.

You can agree with me that the risk involved with this job is high; as drug barons and lords will always plan to make sure you are terminated.

“You are spoiling their business.”

But this is not to discourage you who have the interest of making sure our dear nation is free of hard drugs. Nevertheless, you must be prepared to serve and therefore face whatever it carries along.

Working as an NDLEA officer is not a call to fortune, but a call to serve Nigeria; to protect the lives of people by ensuring that illicit drugs do not cross into or outside our shores. And if you are good with these conditions, you can read along.


In this post, you will learn everything you need to know about the exercise: the requirement you must meet, how you can apply and other relevant information.

  1. It is required that you fill the online application form completely with the relevant information. You must also upload your recent passport photograph.
  2. You must be literate and must possess educational qualifications as to meet the position you are applying.
  3. Interested candidates must be medically, mentally and physically fit. Your fitness in these respects mentioned should be certified by a Government Hospital.
  4. Interested candidates must be of good character and must be individuals who have not been convicted by any court of law.
  5. Applicants must be free from any sort of financial embarrassment or bankruptcy.
  6. Two reputable individuals must fill and sign the two referee forms which you will download during your application process.
  7. As a successful candidate, you will be subjected to illicit drug tests throughout your stay in the agency, to make sure you do not take drugs.


There are two cadres into which interested candidates can be recruited. The two cadres however have different requirements, and they are below stated:


This cadre is only for graduates who have Bachelor’s degree or Higher National Diploma (HND) in relevant disciplines. Candidates applying into this cadre must also meet the following requirements:

  • Candidates interested in the position of Narcotic Officer Cadre must not be less than 22 years of age and not more than 30 year old.
  • You must have Bachelor’s degree or HND from any tertiary institution recognized by the Federal Ministry of Education.
  • Those applying as a doctor or lawyer must not only have their Bachelor’s degree certificate, they must also present professional certificate in their respective fields.
  • This cadre is open to any applicant who has completed secondary school or possesses OND or NCE.
  • Applicants under the Narcotic Assistant Cadre must not be less than 18 years of age but not more than 30 years old.


Well, the application process of exercise is quite simple, and it is an online process. Follow the steps below to apply:

  • The first step to take is to log on to the NDLEA recruitment portal at www.emplug.com/ndlea
  • Create your application account and login
  • Fill the online application form duly with valid information about you.
  • Upload the necessary supporting documents and submit.

NOTE: The application is entirely free and only candidates who have the above requirements will be shortlisted for the online aptitude test.


When will the recruitment for 2020 start?

The recruitment portal closed on the 29th of August 2019. We look forward to its opening again in 2020. However to stay updated with every bit of information regarding the exercise in 2020.

What is the duty of the Narcotic Officer?

The duty of the Narcotic officer is to investigate every narcotic related crime amongst other drug trafficking crimes with variety of techniques and resources. He is assisted by the Narcotic Assistant Officer.

What is the duty of the Agency?

Their main duty is the enforcement of drug laws. It is an agency responsible for the investigation, arrest and prosecution of offenders found wanting in terms drug trafficking in Nigeria.

What is the punishment for drug trafficking in Nigeria?

In 1984, the Decree No. 29 was passed to proscribe death penalty for those involved in drug trafficking. But the decree was later adjusted to between two year imprisonment and lifetime imprisonment depending on the weight of the drug offence.

When was the body founded?

It was founded in the year 1990 after the Decree number 48 was passed in 1989. The headquarter is located in Lagos Nigeria.

Who is the chairman?

The current chairman of the NDLEA Agency is Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah. He was appointed in 2016 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

What are ranks and salary of officers?

The NDLEA officers are ranked based on their Grade Level. They are also paid according to their grade levels and according to the Consolidated Paramilitary Salary Scale (CONPASS). The entry level for graduates in Grade Level 8, and they receive an estimated amount of N74, 000 per month.