By Ibironke Ariyo, Abuja.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has seized more than 1.2 million tramadol tablets in Gombe and Lagos states.
Its Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi, stated in Abuja on Sunday that 811,000 of the tablets were confiscated in Gombe State.
He also said that a raid on Aug. 27 at a rented apartment at Raji Rasaki First Estate in FESTAC Town, Lagos, yielded 412,780 tablets of Tramadol.
NDLEA operatives arrested a suspect in the Lagos raid, he added.
Besides, Babafemi said that a vehicle loaded with Diazepam and Exol 5, weighing 150 kilograms, was recovered at Ahmadu-Kafi area of Gombe, adding that the vehicle took the drugs to Gombe from Onitsha, Anambra.
The NDLEA spokesman also said that troops of 81 Division of the Nigerian Army handed over 792 blocks of Indian hemp to the NDLEA recently.
The Indian hemp, which was smuggled into Ogun from the Volta region of Ghana, was intercepted at a checkpoint on the Ilaro-Benin Republic border.
The agency also intercepted a truck conveying animal feeds from Lagos to Kaduna on Sept. 1 and seized 449 compressed blocks of Indian hemp from it.
“Also, 111 bags of Indian hemp, weighing 1,531 kilograms, belonging to a dealer in Zaria were seized.
“The drug consignment was said to have been loaded into the truck in Akure.
“The truck driver, Yahaya Sani, his assistant Samaila Rabiu, his motor boy Bilal Ibrahim, representative of the cannabis owner, Awolu Isyaku and a passenger Mustapha Abdulrahman were all arrested,’’ Babafemi said.