Drug Trafficking: NDLEA nabs suspect, seizes Tramadol, Diazepam in Lagos

*The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency discloses its operatives arrested the 25-year-old suspect with 12,390 capsules of Tramadol and 22,560 tablets of Diazepam in Lagos

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) operatives have intercepted total of 34,950 capsules of Tramadol and Diazepam suspected to be heading for insurgents’ camps in Borno State, North-East Nigeria.

Mr. Femi Babafemi, Spokesperson of NDLEA, who disclosed this in a statement Saturday, June 5 said the anti-narcotic agency arrested certain Mohammed Isah, a 25-year-old suspect, while attempting to transport the seized drugs from Lagos to the Northern state of the country.

The statement noted Isah was arrested Tuesday, June 1 at SD Motorpark, Agege, in Lagos, with 12,390 capsules of Tramadol weighing 4.8kg and 22,560 tablets of Diazepam with a total weight of 14kg, bringing the total weight of the exhibits to 18.8kg.

The NDLEA said: “Under interrogation, the suspect who hails from Mandara Mountain, Ashgashia, in Gwoza LGA, Borno State said he came to Lagos in 2013 and started life with riding a commercial motorcycle (Okada), then tricycle (Keke Marwa) and currently drives township bus from Ikeja to Ojota.

“According to him, on Friday, 28th May, one Kakali Abubakar who also hails from Mandara Mountain invited him to see him at Ezekiel Street, Ikeja, where he gave him the assignment of transporting the drugs to Maiduguri for a fee of N50, 000, which he accepted.”

The statement further noted: “He said Kakali advised him to either board a Tanker or Trailer from Lagos to Maiduguri to avoid being caught.

“He agreed but rather travelled in a bus operated by SD Motors from Lagos to Kano and then, take another vehicle to Maiduguri.”

According to the regulatory agency, the suspect claims he accepted the offer because of the monetary benefit due to pressure on his finances as his wife and three children displaced by Boko Haram activities who are currently in a refugee camp in Maiduguri.

However, the agency said its investigations revealed that before Mohammed’s arrest, Kakali had travelled out of Lagos to Maiduguri to await the arrival of the consignment.

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, in his reaction commended the officers and men of the Lagos State Command of the Agency for their vigilance and blocking such volume of drugs from getting to Borno State, which is currently the hotbed of insurgents’ activities in the country, added the statement.

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