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N1.37bn worth of Tramadol bound for London, Dubai at Lagos Port confiscated by the NDLEA



Agents of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have seized no less than Two Million Seven Hundred and Fifty (2,750,000) Tramadol 225mg tablets weighing 1,650 kg and valued at One Billion Three Hundred and Seventy Five Million Naira (N1, 375, 000,000).

Following reliable information, the shipment of 55 cartons of the Tramadol Tapentadol and Carisoprodol kinds was confiscated on Saturday, July 30 during inspection of container number SUDU 7538656.

The interception follows similar efforts by anti-narcotic officers at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, which thwarted attempts by drug traffickers to export various psychoactive substances to London, UK, and Dubai, UAE through the Lagos airport in the previous week, according to Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, who made this known in a statement.

He said, “At least, five suspects have so far been arrested in connection to the attempts.

“On Monday 25th July, a Dubai, UAE bound passenger Ms. Ebhodaghei Gloria Osenemeshen was intercepted during the outward clearance of travellers on Rwanda Air via Kigali to Dubai.

“Discovered in her luggage were sachets of Tramadol 225mg concealed inside gari, a cassava product packed among other foodstuffs.

“She however claimed that the bag was given to her by someone who she passed the night in his house before coming to the airport to help deliver to another person in Dubai.

“The following day, Tuesday 26th July, a total of 50 blocks of cannabis sativa with a total weight of 27.1kg concealed inside large quantity of crayfish going to London, UK as part of a consolidated cargo were seized at the SAHCO export shed.

“Same day, a Dubai bound female passenger, Emebradu Previous Rachael, was arrested with 1.8kg cannabis packed inside bitter leaf in her luggage while attempting to board Rwanda Air flight to UAE via Kigali.

“The mother of one who hails from Oghara in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State said she was into selling of men’s wears before she decided to travel to Dubai to expand her clothing business.

“She claimed her ex-boyfriend that lives in Dubai, requested her to bring the bag, which contains the illicit substance along with foodstuff”.

In a similar vein, workers at the airport’s NAHCO import facility on Saturday, July 30, evacuated cartons of khat leaf weighing a combined 51.50kg.

A Royal Air Maroc jet had earlier brought the shipment in from Sierra Leone.

Four infamous drug traffickers from Konkol and Belel, two villages near the Nigeria-Cameroon border, were apprehended in Adamawa state for bringing Diazepam into the nation as well as exporting and selling Tramadol.

Kabiru Ahmadu, Eric Emil, Abdulmumini Bapetel, and Alphonsus Yusuf are among the suspects.

Two jerry cans of formalin substance (Suck & Die) and 59.018kg of Tramadol, Diazepam, Exol-5, Cannabis Sativa, and other drugs were found on them.

On Friday, July 29, a commercial vehicle with the registration number Sokoto RBA 220 XA was stopped along the Yawuri-Kebbi road, and two suspects, Muktar Yunusa, 26, and Lukman Aliyu, 30, were detained. The vehicle contained no less than 4,010 ampoules of pentazocine injection.

Similar to this, Onaolapo Zakariyau, 50, was apprehended on Tuesday, July 26th, in the Oko-Olowo neighborhood of Ilorin together with 79kg of cannabis sativa.

At the Jabi motor park in Abuja, not one but 90 blocks of cannabis (48.2 kg) and 700 grams of methamphetamine were seized, and at least one suspect has been detained in connection with the drug exhibits.

In Kano, 51 individuals were detained on Friday, July 29, after a raid at the Sky restaurant in the state’s Nasarawa region. The defendants were found in possession of varied amounts of cannabis and cough medication with a codeine base.

Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, expressed his appreciation for the officers and personnel of the Apapa seaport, MMIA, Adamawa, Kebbi, Kwara, Kano, and FCT Commands for their alertness and dedication in response to the arrests and seizures.

He urged them, as well as their coworkers all over the nation, to keep working hard to achieve the Agency’s mission of freeing Nigeria of illegal drugs.

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