NDLEA investigation of Utaku, uncovers N22b worth of Tramadol
Ejes Gist Newspaper reports that the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has announced that an ongoing investigation into a billionaire drug baron, Chief Afam Mallinson Ukatu, has led to the discovery of how the suspect imported two containers containing 1,284 cartons of Tramadol with a market value of over N22 billion into Nigeria in a single month, October 2019.
The Agency announced this in a statement on Tuesday, May 3rd, in response to claims made by some hirelings that the NDLEA lacks evidence to charge Ukatu, the Chairman/CEO of the Mallinson Group of firms, with a crime.
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On Wednesday, April 13th, following months of observation, Ukatu was apprehended on board a flight to Abuja at the MM2 terminal of the Lagos airport, Ikeja.
“Investigations have revealed that he has been a major importer of big consignments of various brands and high dosages of Tramadol Hydrochloride, ranging from 120mg, 200mg, 225mg, and 250mg, all of which are illegal.” According to the statement, Ukatu “owns pharmaceutical and plastic manufacturing enterprises that he exploited as a cover to import illicit substances into Nigeria.”
The Agency said its operatives have uncovered more evidence indicating how Ukatu has been importing enormous quantities of Tramadol much above the permitted threshold allowed into the country while probing the N3billion Tramadol controversy between Ukatu and Abba Kyari’s IRT team.
Ukatu brought two-conatiner loads of five different brands of Tramadol into the country through the Apapa docks in Lagos in October 2019 through his Mallinson Group of enterprises.
All of the data acquired thus far indicates that the imported Tramadol brands exceeded the authorized threshold for importation into Nigeria.
It went on to say, “No doubt the suspect will get his day in court soon.”
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