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NDLEA Arrests Abuja Businessman For Online Sales Of Illicit Drugs

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August 18, (THEWILL) – Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested the Managing Director/CEO of Marvelrock Pharmaceuticals and Stores Limited, Orakwe Celestine, for alleged engagement in sales of illicit and controlled drugs on popular e-commerce platform, Jiji.ng.

A statement by Femi Babafemi, Spokesperson for the NDLEA, said the suspect, who is a graduate of Business Administration from the University of Abuja, registered the pharmaceutical company on 16th December, 2014, with the certificate and support of a licenced pharmacist, who opted out of the deal in 2017, continued running the business and enrolled it on Jiji.ng platform in 2019.

Babafemi disclosed that Orakwe came under NDLEA’s radar in October 2021, when he advertised many pharmaceutical products such as Tramadol, Ketamine Hydrochloride injection, Hypnox flunitrazepam tablets, among others, on the Jiji.ng online marketplace.

He said between 26th October, 2021 and 8th August, 2022, the team of anti-narcotic officers assigned to investigate Orakwe’s drug business activities was able to establish the suspect was selling Tramadol 225mg and other illicit/controlled drugs through the e-commerce platform, and as a result, he was arrested with some quantities of Tramadol and Swiphnol brand of Rohypnol on Monday 8th August, at a drink joint in Jabi area of Abuja, where he had gone to make some supplies of orders made through his online channel on Jiji.ng.

Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd) said the painstaking investigation and process of arresting the businessman should send a strong message to those hiding behind the internet to engage in marketing and selling of illicit/controlled drugs that the agency will definitely get them to face the consequences of their actions.