Agents of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have seized no less than two million seven hundred and fifty (2,750,000) Tramadol 225mg pills weighing 1,650 kg and valued at one billion three hundred and seventy-five million Naira (N1, 375,000,000).

According to agency spokesperson Femi Babafemi, who made this announcement on July 31 in a statement, the shipment of 55 cartons of the Tramadol Tapentadol and Carisoprodol kinds was confiscated on Saturday, July 30, during inspection of container number SUDU 7538656 as a result of reliable information.

This follows similar operations by anti-narcotic officials at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, which in the previous week prevented attempts by drug traffickers to transport a variety of psychoactive drugs through the Lagos airport to London, UK I, and Dubai, UAE. At least five people have been taken into custody in relation to the attempts thus far.

On July 25, Ms. Ebhodaghei Gloria Osenemeshen, a passenger flying on Rwanda Air through Kigali to Dubai, was stopped during the outbound screening process. Tramadol 225mg sachets were found in her suitcase, hidden within gari, a product made of cassava that was mixed with other items.

She said, however, that the suitcase had been handed to her by a person with whom she had spent the night before traveling to the airport to assist with a delivery to a different person in Dubai. The next day, Tuesday, July 26, at the SAHCO export yard, 50 blocks of cannabis sativa weighing a combined 27.1kg were discovered hidden inside a sizable shipment of crayfish headed for London, UK as part of a consolidated cargo.

The same day, Emebradu Previous Rachael, a female traveler headed for Dubai, was detained as she tried to board a Rwanda Air aircraft to the UAE through Kigali with 1.8 kilograms of cannabis concealed under bitter leaf in her luggage. The mother of one, who is from Oghara in the Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State, claimed that before deciding to go to Dubai for business purposes, she sold menswear. She alleged that her ex-boyfriend, who resides in Dubai, asked her to deliver a suitcase containing food and illegal drugs.

In a similar vein, workers at the airport's NAHCO import facility on Saturday, July 30, removed boxes of khat leaf weighing a combined 51.50kg. A Royal Air Maroc flight had earlier brought the shipment in from Sierra Leone.

Four infamous drug traffickers from Konkol and Belel, two villages near the Nigeria-Cameroon border, were apprehended in Adamawa state for bringing Diazepam into the nation as well as exporting and selling Tramadol. Kabiru Ahmadu, Eric Emil, Abdulmumini Bapetel, and Alphonsus Yusuf are among the accused.

Two jerry cans of formalin substance (Suck & Die) and 59.018kg of Tramadol, Diazepam, Exol-5, Cannabis Sativa, and other drugs were found on them.

On Friday, July 29, a commercial vehicle with the registration number Sokoto RBA 220 XA was stopped along the Yawuri-Kebbi route, and two suspects, Muktar Yunusa, 26, and Lukman Aliyu, 30, were detained. The vehicle had no less than 4,010 ampoules of pentazocine injection. Similar to this, Onaolapo Zakariyau, 50, was apprehended on Tuesday, July 26th, in the Oko-Olowo neighborhood of Ilorin together with 79kg of cannabis sativa.

At the Jabi motor park in Abuja, not one but 90 blocks of cannabis (48.2 kg) and 700 grams of methamphetamine were seized, and at least one suspect has been detained in connection with the drug exhibits. 51 people were also detained in Kano after a search at the Sky restaurant in the state's Nasarawa region on Friday 29th july. The suspects were caught with a high quantity cannabis and codeine.

Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), Chairman of NDLEA, praised the officers and personnel of the Apapa seaport, MMIA, Adamawa, Kebbi, Kwara, Kano, and FCT Commands for their alertness and dedication in response to the arrests and seizures.

He challenged them, as well as their colleagues across the nation, to keep working hard to achieve the Agency's objective of freeing Nigeria of illegal drugs.

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