NDLEA seizes three million opioid capsules at bonded terminal 

NDLEA seizes three million opioid capsules at bonded terminal 


The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) has intercepted three million capsules of opioids at Jaelith Bonded Container Terminal in Lagos.

NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, said this in a statement in Abuja on Friday.

Babafemi said that the capsules namely tapentadol and carisoprodol weighing 1,500kg were seized on March 7, 2022.

He said that it followed a similar operation in which anti-narcotic officers of the agency also intercepted 8,613kg of “loud cannabis”, which, he said, was smuggled in from Ghana through the waterways at the Eko Atlantic Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos the previous day, March 6.

Babafemi said that the seized drugs at the bonded terminal were discovered during a joint examination of a 20ft container, SUDU 7774749 with men of the Nigeria Customs Service.

‘Though the consignment was said to have originated from Ningbo province in China and falsely labeled as containing 271 packages of “insulating fittings, faucet water closet, industrial office printing machine; investigations revealed that information on the bill of lading and shipping documents were fake.

“Further investigations uncovered that the container originated from India and arrived in Nigeria Apapa port on Feb. 10. Findings showed that the tramadol found and labeled as tafrodol 120mg is actually tapentadol, which is more dangerous and potent opioid than tramadol.

“It was also discovered that the container, SUDU 7774749 was consigned from India in Nhava Sheva port, then transloaded through Morocco and Ghana to Nigeria.

The NDLEA spokesman also said that based on credible intelligence, operatives of the Lagos Command of the agency in the early hours of March 6 intercepted a consignment of Cannabis Sativa.

The consignment, according to him, weighed 8,613kg and was smuggled from Ghana through the waterways to the Eko Atlantic Beach side, Victoria Island.

“Some drivers and their assistants: Adeyemi Bayioku, 31; Godwin Anya, 28; Yusuf Taofik, 20, and Adeniyi Adelaja, 19, who were on ground to load the shipment into their vehicles were promptly arrested. They were arrested with two trucks, a Siena space bus, Peugeot Boxer bus and a Toyota Camry car was also seized from them,” he said.

Babafemi quoted the Chairman, NDLEA, retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa as commending the officers and men of the Tin Can Island Port and Lagos Command of the agency for their vigilance and commitment to the mission to rid Nigeria of illicit drugs.

Marwa also applauded the current synergy and working relationship between the agency and other law enforcement agencies in the country.  


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