By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
At least, a total of 9.5 million tramadol tablets, and Exol 5, valued at N5 billion have been Intercepted by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Muritala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos, Abuja and Edo state.
The illicit drugs, as learnt, were seized in conjunction with the operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
Of the figure, 214 cartons of Tramadol 225 under 10 different brand names, which translate to 9, 219, 400 tablets weighing 6, 384.5kg, with an estimated street value of N4, 609, 700, 000 were transferred on Tuesday 29th March alongside 85 cartons of dried Khat leaves with a total weight of 1, 327.35kg by the Nigerian Customs to the MMIA Command of NDLEA as a symbol of the synergy between the two law enforcement agencies.
The Director Femi BabafemiDirector, Media & Advocacy of the Agency Femi Babafemi made the disclosure in a release made available to journalists on Sunday.
According to the release about 228,740 tablets and capsules of Tramadol and Exol 5 were intercepted on Friday 1st April at Abaji area of the FCT,Abuja.
The truck conveying the drugs was loaded in Lagos heading to Kano. Though the truck driver escaped into the bush during the search of the vehicle, two of his assistants; Usman Abdulmumini, 23 and Aminu Ahmad, 22, were arrested.