In 2 days, NDLEA seizes 581m tablets of tramadol at Apapa port

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By Emmanuel Udom, Lagos

In two days, operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, seized no fewer than 581million tablets of tramadol, during search operations at Apapa Port in Lagos.

Jonah Achema, CAN.  Principal Staff Officer, Public Affairs, for the anti-narcotic agency, in a press statement made available to NgerianNewsdirect late Monday   said the search of the  11 new containers impounded by the Nigeria Customs Service,   yielded result as  241 million tablets of tramadol, weighing 118 metric tonnes, were discovered.

NigerianNewsdirect check revealed that about November 12, customs operatives impounded 12 containers at Apapa Port and handed them over to NDLEA and when searched, 340 million tablets of tramadol were discovered. .

This brings to 581 million tablets of tramadol so far discovered within the two days of the search operations at the port.

According to Achema, the tablets are in various dosages ranging from 120 to 250 milligrams and above and the permissible threshold of 50 and 100 milligrams.

He further explained that the containers, originating from India have been on the watch-list of NDLEA since November 2017 and have just been positioned for search by Nigerian Customs Service.

His words: “There are 39 more containers to be searched which the Agency strongly believes to contain tramadol.”

It could be recalled that NDLEA about this time in 2017 intercepted 160 million tablets of tramadol at the same port and these tablets were imported from India, using false documents from an unregistered company

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