…Uncovers N4.8bn worth of opioids in Lagos
By Bisi LAWAL
Unrelenting heat of Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA drug cartels on Saturday 19th August, resulted in the uncovering of multi-billion-naira worth of illicit drugs at a warehouse tucked in the midst of popular International Trade Fair Complex, Alaba, Ojo area of Lagos.
The warehouse is owned by a wanted billionaire drug baron.
Drugs uncovered from the store include: 1.4 million (1,400,000) pills of tramadol 225mg weighing 826kgs; 3.2 million (3,200,000) pills of codeine with gross weight of 3,360kgs; and 2,841 cartons of codeine syrup containing 284,100 bottles with 28,410 litres of the psychoactive substance, with a combined street value of Four Billion Eight Hundred and Twenty Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N4,820,500,000) only.
During the operation that lasted hours, a suspect, Paulinus Ojukwu, who is Chief Security Officer to the wanted drug baron who parades as automobile spare parts dealer, was arrested and now assisting ongoing investigation.
Only on Wednesday 9th August, a drug baroness, Faith Ebele Nwankwo was nabbed with Two Million Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand (2,750,000) pills of tramaking, a brand of tramadol 225mg and 250mg recovered from her residence at House 6, C close, 3rd Avenue, Festac area of Lagos and a warehouse located at Plot 3432 Sola Akinsola Street, Divine Estate, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos.
NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) on Sunday expressed his satisfaction with the professional conduct of the officers and men involved in the Lagos raid.
He charged operatives of the Lagos command to ensure that the fleeing baron is smoked out from his hiding to face charges.
He urged them and their colleagues across the country to intensify the heat on drug cartels.