We’ve Nabbed One Anambra Based Drug Lord-NDLEA


*Recovers 548,000 Tramadol Tablets, double-barrel pump action gun

Ade-Ade Bosun, Abuja


National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, operatives have nabbed one Chijioke Okeke, a man they described as “a first class Kingpin of illicit drug in Anambra state.
The agency which made the disclosure on Saturday, added that they recovered 548,000 tablets of Tramadol, branded as Trakadol to evade detection, from the drug lord’s 3, Atunya street, Maryland Estate warehouse in Nkwelle, Oyi LGA of the state.
Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, disclosed that the arrest of the 44-year-old Okeke on Saturday, July 10, 2021, was made possible as a result of credible intelligence and detailed surveillance, through which it was confirmed he stocked his warehouse with the illicit drug.
“After the search of his warehouse, 548,000 tablets of Tarkadol weighing 302.500 kg were recovered. The suspect accepted ownership of the substance recovered.
Preliminary investigation has established that Tarkadol is a brand of Tramadol that has just been introduced into the market to evade attention. The substance has also tested positive for amphetamine.
The drug was equally labelled 100mg pain reliever on its packs to avoid scrutiny, while laboratory tests confirmed it’s a 225mg drug. It was further discovered that the drug was manufactured in India and smuggled into Nigeria without NAFDAC number or certification. During the search on the warehouse, a double-barrel pump gun with three live cartridges and licence which expired since 2019 was also discovered and recovered,” Babafemi said.
The operatives of the NDLEA in Benue State on road patrol in Apir village on July 14 also intercepted and seized 28,400 capsules of tramadol from one Dankawu Madaki, who hails from Misah Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
NDLEA operatives also nabbed one Godiya Linus, a Taraba state based individual, whom they described as “a notorious interstate drug dealer. Godiya, who, according to the agency, was arrested in Niman, allegedly supplies narcotics to dealers in Adamawa state.
“Godiya, an ex-convict, was in jail between 2012 and 2018 following his conviction on drug-related charges. A drug dealer, Mohammed Ali had earlier been arrested on July 10 with 1.150kg of diazepam in Numan. A follow-up operation led to the arrest of Godiya who supplied Ali, while investigation has since revealed that he’s based in Mayolope Village in Lau local government area of Taraba from where he supplies Jambutu Park in Yola and other parts of Numan, using an unregistered boxer motorcycle for distribution,” Babafemi disclosed.
The agency added that a few days after the arrest of Godiya, its operatives nabbed another Nauman-based dealer, Emmanuel Ishiwu, with more quantities of tramadol, exol-5 and diazepam, totalling 6.103kg.
Yet, Ishiwu’s arrest was followed by that of two dealers, Muhammadu Garba and Shaibu Haruna both of whom were picked in Gurin Area of the state with cannabis weighing 48.500kg. Their arrest was effected on Friday, July 16, 2021.

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