Abba Kyari: NDLEA uncovers tramadol worth N22b imported by drug baron

Written by on May 4, 2022

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has said that the ongoing investigation of an alleged billionaire drug baron, Chief Afam Mallinson Ukatu, has led to the discovery of how the suspect imported into Nigeria in a single month, October 2019, 2 containers containing 1,284 cartons of Tramadol with a market value of over N22 billion.

The reaction by the anti-drug agency was made on Tuesday May 3, to to counter insinuations by some hirelings that NDLEA has no evidence to pin a crime on Ukatu, who is the Chairman/CEO of Mallinson Group of companies.

Recall that Ukatu was eventually arrested on board a flight to Abuja on Wednesday April 13, at the MM2 terminal of the Lagos airport, Ikeja, after several months of surveillance.

This was made known in a press statement issued by the NDLEA and signed by its Director for Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, on Tuesday May 3, 2022, and can be seen on its official Twitter account.

The statement partly reads, “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.’’

NDLEA noted that in the course of investigating the N3 billion Tramadol saga between Ukatu and Abba Kyari’s IRT team, its operatives have unearthed more evidence establishing how Ukatu has been importing large quantities of Tramadol far above the approved threshold allowed into the country.

It stated, ‘’In one instance, Ukatu through his Mallinson Group of companies imported into the country two-container loads of five different brands of Tramadol in October 2019 through the Apapa ports in Lagos.

‘’All the evidence so far gathered show that the imported Tramadol brands were far above the threshold permitted to be imported into Nigeria.

“No doubt the suspect will soon have his day in court.’’

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