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NDLEA Arrests Drug Baron Linked to Abba Kyari

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has arrested a drug baron, Mallinson Emmanuel Ukatu, over  N3 billion Tramadol deal involving the embattled suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari.

The anti-narcotic agency announced this in a statement issued on Monday by its Director, Media & Advocacy, Femi Babafemi.

According to Babafemi, Ukatu was arrested onboard a flight to Abuja at the MM2 terminal of the Lagos airport, Ikeja on Wednesday 13th April after months of surveillance and evading arrest.

The statement read in part; “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. 

“Ukatu owns pharmaceutical and plastic manufacturing companies, which he used as a cover to import illicit drugs into Nigeria. This is in addition to operating 103 bank accounts, most of which are used to launder money.

“Ukatu came under watch last year after five cartons of Tramadol 225mg were seized from his staff on 4th May 2021 when he sent them to sell to undercover police officers (unknown to Ukatu) from the then Kyari-led IRT of the Nigeria Police, Ikeja Lagos. 

“The price of a carton of Tramadol was negotiated at N17 million each as against the then black market value that ranged between N18 million and N20 million a carton in Lagos.

“After the arrest of Ukatu’s staff: Pius Enidom and Sunday Ibekwete, Kyaris men were then led by the suspects to Mallinson’s warehouse at Ojota in Lagos where 197 additional cartons of Tramadol 225mg were seized by the IRT Team. The monetary value of the 202 cartons of Tramadol seized from Mallinson in one day was over N3 billion.”

Kyari and six other police officers are currently facing trial for their alleged involvement in drug trafficking reportedly worth N3bn.

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