The Nigeria’s Anti -drug Agency, National Drug Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have seized over one point nine million tablets of Tramadol and Codeine imported into the country from Pakistan and United Kingdom through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos, Nigeria .
A statement by the Director of media and advocacy of the agency in Abuja, Mr Femi Babafemi, said, “the seizures were made on March tenth in forty cartons of Co-Codamol, a brand of paracetamol with Codeine, which is classified as Opioid seized from a freight agent, Eraikhueme Ehis.
“The consignment came from London, UK, as a consolidated cargo through the Skyway Aviation Handling Company, SAHCO Import Shed of the airport. Pictures below:
According to the statement, the consolidated cargo was declared as personal effects but was later discovered to contain some medicament.
In the same vein, “one point five million tablets of Tramadol were recovered on Tuesday fifteenth of March by the NDLEA operatives in collaboration with Aviation Security and Customs service personnel at the airport.”
The psychotropic substance, which was imported into the country from Pakistan was smuggled through the airport tarmac using one of the vehicles of SAHCO and was intercepted at the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria Personnel Yard.”
The statement said that, “Two suspects: Ofijeh John Mova, a SAHCO driver and Nyam Gazu Alex, who is a security guard with (NAHCO) have so far been arrested in connection with the seizure.”
Similarly, “follow up operations have also led to the arrest of Hajiya Mariam Saliu in Edo state on Monday fourteenth of March after investigations uncovered her as the brains behind an attempt to export a large quantity of cannabis to Dubai through the Lagos airport on the fifth of March.”
In another development, “NDLEA operatives have arrested 50-year-old suspect, Oyewunmi Ademola Ahmed one of the kingpins behind the attempt to smuggle 11.93 kilograms of Cocaine to Accra, Ghana through the Seme land border, on Tuesday 15th March at Mile 2 area of Lagos.”
“A series of follow up operation led to the arrest of a driver, Osagie Anthony with the 11.913kg cocaine at Gbaji, Seme-Badagry expressway on January 23.” The statement explained.”
Meanwhile, the Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the officers and men of the Murtal Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, Kwara and Seme Border Commands of the Agency for their commitment and dedication to duty and maintaining cordial working relationship with other stakeholders in their areas of responsibility.
NDLEA intercepts 1.9million tablets of illicit drugs at Lagos airport