The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) seized around 1.5 million tablets and capsules containing pharmaceutical opioids such as Tramadol, Exol-5, and Diazepam in Onitsha, Anambra state.
Babafemi stated that the narcotics were intercepted in Edo on Friday, January 14, the same day that 425,000 Diazepam tablets were recovered in Segemu, Kano.
He said that operatives in Edo intercepted a trailer traveling from Onitsha to Yauri in Kebbi State on Friday, January 14.
“A thorough search of the truck led to the discovery of psychotropic substances concealed under legitimate goods.
“The drugs seized included: 394,480 capsules and 3,000 tablets of Tramadol weighing 83.707kg; Exol-5: 647,500 tablets weighing 203.315kg; Diazepam: 12,500 tablets weighing 2.05kg;
In addition, there were “Bromazepam: 1,500 tablets weighing 0.45kg; Codeine based Syrup: 999 bottles weighing 134.865kg; Pentazocine injections: 4,000 ampoules weighing 16.64kg, ” he said.
Babafemi said that Bashir Lawali, 30, along with Abubakar Sani, 30, and Ali Abubakar, 19, was arrested, while the exhibits in Kano were confiscated from one Sa’idu Yahya, 31.
Meanwhile, NDLEA agents foiled an attempt by drug traffickers to export 73 parcels of cannabis (34.05kg) packed in plastic containers used to transport food to the United Kingdom.
This was accomplished on January 8th through the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO) export terminal at Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja Lagos.
Babafemi added that on Tuesday, January 11th, the operatives intercepted another 50 packets of cannabis shipment (27.25kg) bound for the United States in the airport’s export shed.
He reported that at least three people have been arrested thus far.
On January 13th, attempts by illicit drug traders to import 94 parcels of cannabis indica (Colorado) weighing 43.4kg into Nigeria via the Tin Can harbor in Lagos were crushed.
“When operatives intercepted the drug inside a 40ft container from Canada; the exhibit was concealed inside a Toyota Camry car.
“This came on the heels of a similar seizure on Jan. 11th of 59 parcels of Colorado (17.3kg) concealed in a Mercedes Benz vehicle imported from Canada, ” he said.