NDLEA discovers N22billion worth of Tramadol imported by Afam Ukatu

NDLEA discovers N22billion worth of Tramadol imported by Afam Ukatu
NDLEA discovers N22billion worth of Tramadol imported by Afam Ukatu

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, announced that its ongoing investigation of an alleged billionaire drug baron, Chief Afam Mallinson Ukatu, has revealed how the suspect allegedly imported into Nigeria in a single month, October 2019, two containers containing 1,284 cartons of Tramadol with a market value of more than N22 billion.

Recall that the anti-narcotics agency arrested the accused billionaire drug mogul on Wednesday, April 12, in connection with the N3 billion Tramadol transaction involving the embattled suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, and the IRT-led Intelligence Response Team, IRT. Continue reading here.

Femi Babafemi, the agency’s spokesperson, said a statement was published today, May 3, to refute insinuations by certain hirelings that the NDLEA lacks evidence to charge Ukatu, who serves as Chairman/CEO of the Mallinson Group of enterprises.

''After months of surveillance, Ukatu was eventually arrested on board a flight to Abuja at the MM2 terminal of the Lagos airport, Ikeja on Wednesday 13th April.

Investigations reveal he's been a major importer of large consignments of different brands and high dosages of Tramadol Hydrochloride, ranging from 120mg, 200mg, 225mg and 250mg, all of which are illicit. Ukatu owns pharmaceutical and plastic manufacturing companies, which he used as a cover to import illicit drugs into Nigeria.

The Agency said in the course of investigating the N3billion Tramadol saga between Ukatu and the Abba Kyaris IRT team, its operatives have unearthed more evidences establishing how Ukatu has been importing large quantities of Tramadol far above the approved threshold allowed into the country.

In one instance, Ukatu through his Mallinson Group of companies imported into the country two-conatiner loads of five different brands of Tramadol in October 2019 through the Apapa ports in Lagos. All the evidences so far gathered show that the imported Tramadol brands were far above the threshold permitted to be imported into Nigeria.''
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