At Lagos Airport, the NDLEA seized 7.5 million tramadol pills and 95,400 bottles of codeine

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Arriving in the country ahead of the Christmas celebration, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says its operatives have intercepted millions of tramadol 225 mg pills, thousands of codeine syrup bottles, and bags of Canadian loud in consignments at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja Lagos.

The Nigeria Customs Service and other interested parties worked together, which led to the development, as reported by the NDLEA.

The agency announced that on Friday, 22nd December, they confiscated a shipment of 7,500,000 pills of tramadol 225 mg that had come on a Turkish Airlines flight without the place of manufacture or origin.

The NDLEA went on to say that 100 large cartons weighing 7,150 kg contained the 7.5 million tramadol 225 mg pills disguised as Tamol-x.

Femi Babafemi, the Director of Media and Advocacy at NDLEA, revealed this on Sunday.

On Wednesday, agents from the Lagos Command of the Agency searched two stores at the Trade Fair Complex in Lagos’s Ojo area. The search resulted in the seizure of 258 cartons of cough syrup containing codeine and 8 cartons of codeine tablets, as announced by Babafemi.
In addition, he mentioned that there are 49,200 vials of codeine syrup and 46,200 tablets of the same narcotic contained in the cartons.

The spokesman went on to say that a 70-year-old grandmother named Selifat Funke Cole and her son named Babajide Ayorinde Cole were apprehended with 117.900 kg of cannabis sativa during a raid in the Mushin area of Lagos by NDLEA agents.
“A shipment of spare parts that originated from Asaba, Delta state and was going to Malviya Nagar, New Delhi, India was intercepted at the cargo terminal of the Lagos airport on Wednesday 20th December,” Babafemi announced, adding to the series of seizures and interceptions made by the anti-narcotics agency this week. In order to inspect the replacement components, NDLEA sniffer dogs were sent out. A subsequent physical inspection verified the 200 grams of cocaine that the dogs had detected as part of the unlawful drug shipment.Operatives from the Tincan Command of the NDLEA confiscated 70 packages of Canadian loud, a potent strain of cannabis, weighing 35 kilograms, from a container bearing the marking BEAU 4993525, which was en route from Montreal, Canada, to Toronto. Bags of the psychoactive drug were hidden in four old cars in the container, one of which was a 2006 Honda CRV.

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While their Anambra counterparts detained two individuals at the Onitsha head bridge, NDLEA agents in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja seized 25,000 tramadol pills in a waybill on Monday, December 18th. In one vehicle, driven by Ejiro Emmanuel and bearing the license plate EFR 31 XB, were found 61,100 tramadol capsules, 1,025 codeine bottles, 1,350 Rohypnol tablets, and 46 grams of designer drug. In another vehicle, driven by Daniel Ogbiyoyo, were found 55,950 tramadol capsules, 3,117 codeine bottles, 1,530 swinol tablets, and 1,350 rohypnol tablets.

On Monday, December 18th, in a joint operation with the military, operations in Delta State stormed the residence of drug kingpin Chukwuma Steven Eneriku at Okanaro street, Abbi town. Bags of cannabis weighing 353 kg were discovered during the raid. On the same day, agents from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Enugu seized 435.1 kg of cannabis sativa from a warehouse in Trans Ekulu, Enugu East Local Government Area (LGA).

On the basis of information that they were posing as NDLEA agents and engaging in illicit operations, five individuals in Edo State were apprehended in possession of a fake gun and a handgun fashioned from wood. Bonaventure Oghibui, 22, Sebastine Asekiamhe, 22, Raymond Otaru, 28, Emmanuel Wisdom, 23, Solomon Edogamhe, 27, and Edogamhe are the suspects. Solomon is 27 years old. A vial of syrup containing codeine was discovered with the individuals who were arrested, but others wearing NDLEA jackets managed to flee.

In response to the news, Brigadier General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd.), Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), praised the officers and men of the K-9 Unit and the Agency’s MMIA, Lagos, Edo, Anambra, Enugu, Delta, Federal Capital Territory, and Tincan Commands for their outstanding work over the previous seven days.

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Marwa told them and their countrymen to be on the lookout for the next stage of activities in the new year and to stay cautious.

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