NDLEA intercepts over N1bn worth of 2.4m Tramadol pills from Pakistan at Lagos airport

Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have intercepted over 2, 465, 000 tablets of tramadol worth N1 billion at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.

The tramadol tablets in 225mg and 250mg, weighing 2,356kg, were reportedly being imported from Pakistan.

The NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, in an issued statement yesterday, revealed that following credible intelligence, the Agency had shown interest in the consignment of 52 cartons that came into Nigeria from Karachi, Pakistan, with six different airway bills via an Ethiopian Airline flight, comprising seven cartons of 250mg of a brand called tamral and 45 cartons of 225mg, branded as tramaking.

“Soon after its arrival at the Lagos airport, the NDLEA called for a joint examination of the consignment with other stakeholders, and after its information was confirmed by all, the 52 cartons of the seized substance, which are above the recommended threshold for medical use and banned in the country, were moved to the Agency’s facility”,  he explained.

While commending the officers and men of the MMIA, Kaduna, Sokoto and Lagos commands for the feats, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (rtd) urged them and their compatriots across the country to remain steadfast, resolute and unrelenting until the last gram of illicit drugs is taken away from the streets of Nigeria.

The seizure of the drug, on Friday 7th October, came barely a week after about 13.5 million pills of the same opioid worth over N8.8billion were recovered by NDLEA operatives from one of the mansions of a billionaire drug baron in the highbrow residential estate, Victoria Garden City, Lekki, Lagos.

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