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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, intercepted two million seven hundred and fifty (2,750,000) Tramadol 225mg tablets weighing 1,650 kilograms worth one billion three hundred and seventy five million naira (N1, 375, 000,000) at the Apapa port in Lagos.
Following credible intelligence, a consignment of 55 cartons of Tramadol Tapentadol and Carisoprodol was seized on Saturday 30th July during an examination of container number SUDU 7538656.
This follows similar efforts by anti-narcotic officers at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, which thwarted drug traffickers’ attempts to export various psychoactive substances.
In the last week, Lagos airport has handled flights to London, UK, and Dubai, UAE. At least five people have been arrested in connection with the plots.
Ms. Ebhodaghei Gloria Osenemeshen, a Dubai, UAE bound passenger, was intercepted on Monday, July 25th, during the outward clearance of passengers on Rwanda Air via Kigali to Dubai. Tramadol 225mg sachets were discovered hidden inside gari, a cassava product packed with other foodstuffs, in her luggage.
She claimed, however, that the bag was given to her by someone with whom she spent the night before arriving at the airport to assist in the delivery of another person in Dubai. The next day, Tuesday, July 26th, a total of 50 blocks of cannabis sativa with a total of
The SAHCO export shed seized 27.1kg hidden inside a large quantity of crayfish bound for London, UK as part of a consolidated cargo.
On the same day, Emebradu Previous Rachael, a Dubai-bound female passenger, was apprehended with 1.8kg cannabis packed inside bitter leaf in her luggage while attempting to board a Rwanda Air flight to Dubai via Kigali. The mother of one, who is from Oghara in Delta State’s Ethiope West Local Government Area, said she used to sell men’s clothing before deciding to travel to Dubai to expand her clothing business. She claimed that her ex-boyfriend, who lives in Dubai, asked her to bring the bag containing the illegal substance as well as food.
In the same vein, NAHCO personnel import
On Saturday, July 30th, the airport’s shed evacuated cartons of khat leaf weighing a total of 51.50kg.
The shipment had arrived from Sierra Leone on a Royal Air Maroc flight.
Four notorious drug dealers were arrested in Konkol and Belel, two villages on the Nigeria-Cameroon border, for exporting and retailing Tramadol and importing Diazepam into the country. Kabiru Ahmadu, Eric Emil, Abdulmumini Bapetel, and Alphonsus Yusuf are among the suspects.
They recovered 59.018kg of Tramadol, Diazepam, Exol-5, Cannabis Sativa, and two jerry cans of formalin substance (Suck & Die) were recovered from them.
On Friday, July 29th, no less than 4,010 ampoules of pentazocine injection were seized in Kebbi when 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 arrested. Similarly, on Tuesday, July 26th, a raid in the Oko-Olowo area of Ilorin resulted in the arrest of Onaolapo Zakariyau, 50, with 79kg cannabis sativa.
In addition, 90 blocks of cannabis (48.2kg) and 700grams of methamphetamine were intercepted at the Jabi motor park in Abuja, with at least one suspect arrested in connection with the drug exhibits. In Kano, 51 suspects were apprehended in a raid on the Sky restaurant in the state’s Nasarawa region on Friday 29th July.
The suspects were caught with various quantities of cannabis and codeine based cough syrup.
In his reaction to the arrests and seizures, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the officers and men of Apapa seaport, MMIA, Adamawa, Kebbi, Kwara, Kano, and FCT Commands for their vigilance and commitment. He urged them and their colleagues across the country not to rest on their oars but remain resolute in pursuit of the Agencys goal of ridding Nigeria of illicit substances.