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NEWS UPDATE: NDLEA arrests Anambra drug kingpin, recovers 548,000 tramadol tablets

A significant medication boss in Anambra State, Okeke Chijioke, 44, has been captured by agents of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, with 548,000 tablets of tramadol, marked as tarkadol, recuperated from his distribution center at 3 Atunya Street, Maryland Estate, Nkwelle, Oyi Local Government Area of the state.

Okeke’s capture on Saturday tenth July, 2021, followed valid insight and observation, which affirmed he loaded his stockroom with the unlawful medication. After the inquiry of his stockroom, the tablets weighing 302.5 kilograms were recuperated. The presume acknowledged responsibility for substance recovered.

Preliminary examination has set up that tarkadol is a brand of tramadol that has recently been acquainted into the market with sidestep consideration. The substance has additionally tried positive to amphetamine.

The drug was similarly named 100mg agony reliever on its packs to keep away from examination, while research facility tests affirmed it’s anything but a 225mg medication. It was additionally found that the medication was fabricated in India and pirated into Nigeria without National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) number or certification.

During the inquiry of the distribution center, a twofold barrel siphon firearm with three live cartridges, which permit terminated since 2019, was likewise found and recovered.

This is even as agents of the Benue State Command of the NDLEA on street watch in Apir town on fourteenth July caught and held onto 28,400 cases of tramadol from one Dankawu Madaki, who hails from Misah LG, Bauchi State.

In a connected turn of events, an infamous highway street pharmacist, Godiya Linus, situated in Taraba however supplies opiates to vendors in Adamawa has been captured in the Numan space of the state. Godiya, an ex-convict, was in prison somewhere in the range of 2012 and 2018 after his conviction on drug related charges.

A street pharmacist, Mohammed Ali, had prior been captured on tenth July with 1.150kg of diazepam in Numan. A subsequent activity prompted the capture of Godiya who provided Ali, while examination has since uncovered that he is situated in Mayolope town in Lau Local Government Area of Taraba, from where he supplies Jambutu park in Yola and different pieces of Numan, utilizing an unregistered fighter bike for distribution.

Few days after Godiyas capture, another seller, Emmanuel Ishiwu was grabbed with various amounts of tramadol, exol-5 and diazepam, totalling 6.103kg likewise in Numan on fourteenth July, trailed by the capture of Muhammadu Garba and Shaibu Haruna with 48.500kg of cannabis in Gurin space of the state on Friday, sixteenth July 2021.

Commending the officials and men of the Anambra, Benue and Adamawa state orders for supporting the hostile activity in the continuous endeavors to clean up illegal medications from each local area in all pieces of Nigeria, Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), charged them to stay tenacious in the release of their duties.

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