August 21, (THEWILL) – The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has intercepted over 2.3million tablets of illicit pharmaceutical opioids and other psychoactive substances meant for distribution in seven northern states.
The agency in a statement issued on Sunday, by its Director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, named the states as Borno, Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto, Zamfara, Gombe and Nasarawa.
Babafemi, who added that the agency had series of interdiction operations in the past week, said a total of 2,325,553.00 tablets and capsules of Tramadol, Pregabalin, Hypnox, Diazepam and Exol-5 were seized in all.
This, he said, included 7,353 bottles of a new psychoactive substance locally called ‘Akuskura’ meant for the seven states that were seized from locations across Kaduna, Kogi, Sokoto and FCT.
According to him, in Kaduna, a drug dealer, Umar Sanusi, was arrested on August 12, during a follow-up operation in Kano.
“He was brought back to Kaduna where his consignment of 50 cartons of pregabalin 300mg, containing 750,000 capsules, weighing 375kgs earlier seized along Abuja-Kaduna expressway was counted and weighed in his presence.
“Same day, operatives also intercepted along Abuja-Kaduna express road 7,068 bottles of a new dangerous substance of abuse called ‘Akuskura’ meant for Kaduna, Zamfara, Gombe, Kano and Borno. The recipients in Kaduna and Zamfara had been arrested during follow-up operations”, he said.
Babafemi said on August13, 285 bottles of ‘NPS’ were recovered from a dealer, Abubakar Ahmad, in Kaduna state.
He said that no fewer than 696,000 tablets of Tramadol and Exol-5 among others, were also seized. They were loaded into a truck at Onitsha, Anambra state and heading to Maiduguri, Borno state, only to be seized along Okene-Abuja expressway on Friday.
The NDLEA operatives had also recovered 300,000 tablets of Diazepam from a suspect, Faruku Bello, 30years, in Sokoto State on Wednesday.
“Anti-narcotic officers of the agency in Abuja, FCT, equally at the weekend intercepted a bus loaded with 323,200 tablets of Tramadol 225mg and others at Onitsha, Anambra state, heading to Nasarawa state. Driver of the vehicle, Osita Nwobodo, 45years, who made fruitless bids to compromise the operatives is now in custody”, he said.
Babafemi quoted the Chairman, NDLEA, retired, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa as commending the officers and men of the Kaduna, Kogi, Sokoto, and FCT commands for the arrests and seizures.
Marwa urged them and their compatriots across the country to intensify their drug supply reduction and drug demand efforts.