About 9.5 million tablets of Tramadol and Exol 5 worth over N5 billion have been seized by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, in three states.
NDLEA Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr. Femi Babafemi, made this known on Sunday.
Babafemi said that the Pharmaceutical Opioids were seized at the, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, and Edo state respectively.
He stated that the operation was carried out in collaboration with the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS).
Part of the statement read,“ 214 cartons of Tramadol 225 under 10 different brand names, which translate to 9, 219, 400 tablets weighing 6, 384.5kg, with an estimated street value of N4, 609, 700, 000 were transferred on Tuesday, March 29.
“This is alongside the seizure of 85 cartons of dried Khat leaves with a total weight of 1, 327.35kg by the Nigerian Customs at the MMIA Command of NDLEA as a symbol of the synergy between the two law enforcement agencies.
He disclosed that about 228,740 tablets and capsules of Tramadol and Exol 5 were intercepted in Abuja on April 1 at the Abaji area.
The truck carrying the drugs was heading to Kano from Lagos.
“Though the truck driver escaped into the bush during the search of the vehicle, two of his assistants, Usman Abdulmumini, 23, and Aminu Ahmad, 22, were arrested,” he said.
In Benin, the drugs were recovered from five suspects at Wire road, Uromi town in Esan Central LGA of Edo, where 188 pinches of Cocaine and Heroin.
Babafemi added that one Harrison Odion, a patent medicine dealer, was arrested with 70 bottles of codeine-based cough syrup in another raid in Okada town, Edo state.
He added that 9,638 Tramadol capsules, 16,843 tablets of Exol-5, 80 tablets of Diazepam, and 62 ampules of Diazepam injection were seized.
Marwa urged officers and men of the MMIA, FCT, and Edo state not to rest on their oars.