NDLEA impounds tonnes of Tramadol at Lagos airport

By Editor on 18/05/2018

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A few days after the Federal Government banned the production and importation of codeine into the country, a large cache of Tramadol, another dangerous drug largely abused by Nigerian youths, was said to have arrived into the country through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

However, neither the importers nor the clearing agents showed up to claim the consignments, according to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), which made the seizure.

The dangerous drugs, which were said to have been imported from India, reportedly arrived on board the United Arab Emirates (UAE) airline, Etihad Cargo flight, according to the NDLEA Commandant at the airport, Mr. Ahmadu Garba.

Garba, who told reporters that the agency was tipped off on the arrival of the illicit drugs by its foreign intelligent partner, explained that the approved milligrams for Tramadol by the Federal Government was 50m and 100m, but decried that the seized consignment was 250m, which indicated that the owners internationally imported the high milligrams for wrong purpose.

Informing that the consignments came in batches with the first two arriving on April 23, April 25 respectively, he said added that the that the command only got hold of the consignment on Thursday after the owners refused to come forward for clearance.

Indicating that the owners must have gotten wind of being watched, because on his men laid siege in wait since the arrival of the first batch, they refused to show up.

He said: “We collected the consignments from the Skyway Aviation Handling Limited (SAHCOL) shed today (Thursday) and we got to know of the consignment even before it arrived the country through our foreign intelligence. Since then, we have been monitoring it and waited for either the importer or any clearing agent to come forward for clearance, but no one came.

“The approved dosage for Tramadol is between 50m and 100m, but what the importer brought into the country was 250m, which is above the approved milligrams by the government. The total waybills were five.”

Garba disclosed further that the command had made a total seizure of 187.22kgs of illicit drugs between January and April this year.

The breakdown of the seizures indicated that cocaine was 1.88kg, heroin; 4.48kg, cannabis Sativa; 15.64kg, methamphetamine; 41.06kg, ephedrine; 89.06kg and, Phenacetin with 8.2k.

He gave the street value of a kilogrammes of cocaine at N7.5m, heroin; N5m while a wrap of cannabis is sold for N50 on the streets.

He vowed that the Command would continue to curb the activities of drug barons through the ingenuity of its officers.

Posted 18/05/2018 05:15:55 AM

 

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