NDLEA Links N22bn Worth Of Tramadol To Drug Baron


The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has disclosed that it has made a further discovery into the alleged importation of Tramadol by a billionaire drug baron, Chief Afam Mallinson Ukatu.

The Agency revealed that the suspect, in October 2019 alone, imported into Nigeria two containers containing 1,284 cartons of Tramadol with market value of over N22billion.

According to a Statement by the Director, Media & Advocacy, NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja, Femi Babafemi on Tuesday 3rd May, 2022, ‘the latest revelation counters insinuations by some hirelings that NDLEA has no evidence to pin a crime on Ukatu, who is the Chairman/CEO of Mallinson Group of companies.’

The Statement read: “In the course of investigating the N3billion Tramadol saga between Ukatu and the Abba Kyari’s IRT team, its operatives have unearthed more evidences establishing how Ukatu has been importing large quantities of Tramadol far above the approved threshold allowed into the country.

“In one instance, Ukatu through his Mallinson Group of companies imported into the country two-conatiner loads of five different brands of Tramadol in October 2019 through the Apapa ports in Lagos. All the evidences so far gathered show that the imported Tramadol brands were far above the threshold permitted to be imported into Nigeria. No doubt the suspect will soon have his day in court,” Babafemi revealed.

On Monday, 25th April, 2022, the Federal Agency announced the arrest of Ukatu on board a flight to Abuja at the MM2 terminal of the Lagos airport, Ikeja on Wednesday 13th April, after months of surveillance.

NDLEA at the time added that he’s been a major importer of large consignments of different brands and high dosages of Tramadol Hydrochloride, ranging from 120mg, 200mg, 225mg and 250mg, all of which are illicit.

It said Ukatu owns pharmaceutical and plastic manufacturing companies, which he used as a cover to import illicit drugs into Nigeria

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