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Ignore fake ‘2024 RECRUITMENT EXERCISE’ from Nigeria’s national drug agency

IN SHORT: A screenshot of a recruitment ad supposedly published by Nigeria’s National Drug Law Enforcement Agency is fake. The agency has asked the public to disregard it.

A message circulating on Facebook in April 2024 claims that the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has launched a recruitment drive that will run until 5 May.

NDLEA is responsible for drug policy and control in Nigeria.

The message reads: “NATIONAL DRUGS LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY (NDLEA) 2024 RECRUITMENT EXERCISE. Join the fight against drug abuse! The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) is recruiting passionate individuals for its 2024 recruitment exercise. Registration opens from April 7th to May 5th, 2024.”

A screenshot of the recruitment ad appeared elsewhere on Facebook here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here

Other users only posted that the “2023 police special recruitment list is out”. Similar versions of the post appear here and here.

But is this recruitment drive legitimate? We checked.


‘It’s fake’

Several fraudulent posts on Facebook target government agencies such as the NDLEA. This is because securing a job at a government agency is highly competitive.

In March 2024, Africa Check debunked a post claiming that the NDLEA was recruiting.  

The posts in question this time around have similar red flags. For example,  they don’t include a link to a legitimate job portal. 

The NDLEA advertises job vacancies on its website. We searched it and found nothing like what is advertised in the Facebook posts.

On 4 April, the agency disowned the recruitment ad in a tweet, describing it as “fake”.

“Please disregard this. It’s fake and a scam,” it said.

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