The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has thwarted an attempt by a syndicate to export illegal drugs through Lagos airport during a passenger clearance clearance on an Ethiopian airline to Oman via Addis Ababa.
The NDLEA spokesperson, Mr Femi Babafemi, said in a statement in Abuja on Sunday that a suspect, Jonah Chukwuemeka, has been arrested in connection with the drugs.
Babafemi said a total of 1,995 Tramadol tablets with a gross weight of 900 grams were intercepted in his luggage.
He said the bag containing the illegal substance was handed over to the suspect at the airport by one Olagunju Abbas, who was promptly arrested.
In a similar vein, on Thursday, packs of Tramadol 225 mg containing 119,500 capsules were transferred to the NDLEA by the Nigeria Customs, cargo wing of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport.
“The shipment came in via Ethiopian Airline from Pakistan,” he said.
Meanwhile, NDLEA agents raided a car shop, Bolak Motors, at the Ewela bus stop in Oshodi on Saturday, where bags containing 615.2 kg of cannabis were recovered along with nine vehicles.
Babafemi said attempts were being made to track down the car dealer, Alhaji Ismail, who was at large.
Babafemi said no fewer than eight suspects were arrested and bags of illegal drugs were seized.
This, he said, was when the Akerele area of Agege, Shogunle and Mafoluku areas of Oshodi, Fagba area of Ogba, Ipodo area of Ikeja and Iyana Ipaja park, were raided by the NDLEA officers.
Babafemi quoted the chairman, NDLEA, Brig. Gene. Buba Marwa (Retd), who praised the officers and men of the MMIA and Lagos commandos for the arrests and seizures.
Marwa instructed them and their compatriots across the country not to rest on their belts, as the agency would always be on the lookout for drug traffickers and abusers.