- Abba Kyari's suspected accomplice Afam Mallinson Emmanuel Ukatu is said to be a major importer of tramadol
- The NDLEA in its latest update says Ukatu in 2019 was involved in a heavy importation of tramadol
- It was also gathered that the suspect will be appearing before a law court for justice to be administered
Suspected drug baron, Afam Mallinson Emmanuel Ukatu has been linked to more than N22billion worth of tramadol, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has confirmed.
The NDLEA made this known via a statement posted on its official Facebook page on Tuesday, May 3.
According to the NDLEA, this latest development was uncovered after further investigations were undertaken.
Legit.ng gathered that investigation revealed that the suspect had in October 2019 imported into Nigeria two containers, containing 1,284 cartons of Tramadol with a market value of over N22billion.
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NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi who issued the statement revealed that the statement was issued to clear on speculations making the rounds that the anti-narcotic agency does not have evidence against the accused.
It was gathered that after months of trailing the suspect, the NDLEA was able to secure the arrest of the suspect after he was intercepted while onboard at the Muritala International Airport in Lagos.
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The agency said the suspect is expected to appear before the law court for justice to be administered following a series of evidence against him.
According to the statement, the NDLEA investigation was able to unearth that Ukatu has been a major importer of Tramadol ranging from 120mg, 200mg, 225mg, and 250mg.
It was further gathered unknowing to the authorities prior to the investigation runs a pharmaceutical and plastic manufacturing companies that he uses as a cover for his drug importation activities.
Ukatu according to the agency has been importing Tramadol above the stipulated quantity approved by the federal government.
Again, Abba Kyari lands in trouble as NDLEA marks his Borno properties for confiscation
Sources from the NDLEA revealed that some of his properties have been sealed for more investigation.
It was gathered that some of these properties are situated in his state of origin in Maiduguri, Borno state.
NDLEA to conduct drug test for Tinubu, Kalu, Amaechi, others ahead of polls
Meanwhile, senatorial, governorship, and presidential aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are to undergo drug integrity tests before the scheduled primaries.
This is the latest request of the NDLEA boss, Brig-Gen Buba Marwa (rtd), to Abdullahi Adamu, the national chairman of the ruling party.
In the letter addressed to Amadu, Marwa asked that officials of the agency be permitted to conduct the test for all APC aspirants.