Over 649,300 capsules of Tramadol 225mg and €809,850 cash has been intercepted by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
The Tramadol capsules, imported from Pakistan via Addis Ababa through Ethiopian Airlines on February 16, were stored at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company cargo warehouse at the airport, NDLEA spokesman Femi Babafemi said in a statement on Sunday.
A suspect, Nwadu Christian was arrested in connection with the seizure.
“On the same day, a female passenger, Ms. Ayeki Happy who arrived the airport from Italy on Turkish Airline flight was arrested with 69,850 Euros cash concealed in her luggage. This was four days after another lady, Precious Idahagbon was arrested with 740,000 Euros cash hidden in her luggage and undeclared upon her arrival at the airport from Vienna, Austria via Istanbul, Turkey. Both cash seizures are currently under investigation to establish if they are proceeds of drug business.
“At the NAHCO export shed of the airport, operatives seized a consignment of 131 parcels of Cannabis concealed in packages of black soap (Dudu-Osun), during outward clearance of cargo going to the UK. This is as another consignment presented for export to Dubai, UAE at SAHCO shed was also recovered after 30 parcels of cannabis hidden in cartons of cornflakes were discovered in it.
“Not less than 6.5kg of Heroin, Khat and Oxycodone packaged for export to USA, and Canada were seized at a major courier company in Lagos by operatives of the Directorate of Operation and General Investigations, DOGI. The drugs were concealed in shoes, and carton walls,” the statement said.
Busts were also made in Kano, Adamawa and Abuja.
Chairman/CEO of NDLEA Mohamed Buba Marwa (retd) commended the officers for the arrests and seizures, charging them and their colleagues across the country to intensify the offensive action against all drug cartels in every part of Nigeria.