Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a suspected billionaire drug baron identified as Chief Afam Mallinson Emmanuel Ukatu.
The Director, Media, and Advocacy of the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi said in a statement today that the suspected drug baron is behind the ₦3 billion Tramadol deal involving the embattled suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari-led Intelligence Response Team, (IRT).
Babafemi said the suspect was eventually nabbed on board a flight to Abuja at the MM2 terminal of the Lagos airport, Ikeja on Wednesday 13th April, following months of surveillance and evading arrest.
He revealed that he has 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.
This is in addition to operating 103 bank accounts, most of which are used to launder money.
It was reported that after the arrest of one of Ukatu’s staff, Kyari’s men were then led by the suspects to his warehouse at Ojota in Lagos where 197 additional Cartons of Tramadol 225mg were seized by the IRT Team.
The 202 cartons of tramadol seized from Mallinson in a day are valued at ₦3 billion.
Ukatu owns pharmaceutical and plastic manufacturing companies, which he used as cover to import illicit drugs into Nigeria.