Adebayo Adenrele

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has intercepted and seized over 2,465,000 of tramadol drug at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos.

NEWSTODAYNG gathered that the pharmaceutical opioid, 225mg and 250mg, weighing 2,356kgs with an estimated street value of N1,040billion were imported from Pakistan to Nigeria.

The NDLEA Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, in a statement said, “Following credible intelligence, the agency had shown interest in the consignment of 52 cartons that came into Nigeria from Karachi, Pakistan with six different airway bills via Ethiopian Airline flight.”

“[The 52 cartons] comprised seven cartons of 250mg of a brand called tamral and 45 cartons of 225mg, branded as tramaking.”

“Soon after its arrival at the Lagos airport, the NDLEA called for a joint examination of the consignment with other stakeholders and its information was confirmed by all.”

“The 52 cartons of the seized substance, which are above the recommended threshold for medical use and banned in the country, were moved to the agency’s facility.”

Meanwhile, the seizure of the drug came barely a week after about 13.5million pills of the same opioid worth over N8.8billion were recovered by the operatives from one of the mansions of a billionaire drug baron in the highbrow residential estate, Victoria Garden City, Lekki, Lagos.