The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has said that ongoing investigation of a billionaire drug baron, Chief Afam Mallinson Ukatu, has led to the discovery of how the suspect imported two containers wirh 1,284 cartons of Tramadol, worth over N22bn into Nigeria in a single month, October 2019.
The Agency made the revelation in a statement on Tuesday, May 3, to counter 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.
Operatives of the agency arrested Ukatu aboard an Abuja flight at the MM2, Lagos on Wednesday, April 13, after months of surveillance.
Investigations revealed that Ukatul hes 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. Ukatu owns pharmaceutical and plastic manufacturing companies, which he used as a cover to import illicit drugs into Nigeria.
The Agency said in the course of investigating the N3bn Tramadol saga between Ukatu and the Abba Kyaris IRT team, its operatives 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.