Nigeria's anti-drug agency arrests drug kingpin at airport-Xinhua

Nigeria's anti-drug agency arrests drug kingpin at airport

Source: Xinhua| 2022-04-25 18:25:13|Editor: huaxia

LAGOS, April 25 (Xinhua) -- Nigeria's anti-drug agency said on Monday it had arrested one of the most wanted drug barons in the country at an airport in Lagos, the country's economic hub.

In a press statement on Monday, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said a team of its operatives nabbed Afam Mallinson Emmanuel Ukatu onboard a flight to Abuja, Nigeria's capital, at the airport in Lagos on April 13 after months of evading arrest.

"Investigations reveal 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," said NDLEA.

The agency added that Ukatu-owned pharmaceutical and plastic manufacturing companies were used as a cover to import illicit drugs into Nigeria.

This is besides operating 103 bank accounts, most of which are used to launder money, the NDLEA said.