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Nigerian Billionaire Drug Baron In Law Enforcement Net

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According to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the billionaire drug baron implicated in the N3 billion tramadol trade involving the embattled suspended chief of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Mr. Abba Kyari, is now in their sights.

Mr. Afam Mallinson Emmanuel Ukatu, the billionaire drug baron behind the N3 billion tramadol deal involving the embattled suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, has been detained by NDLEA operatives, according to a statement by the NDLEA’s spokesman, Mr. Femi Babafemi.

He said the arrest came after months of monitoring and Ukatu’s avoidance of arrest, adding that Ukatu, the Chairman of Mallinson Group of Companies, was apprehended on a flight to Abuja on Wednesday, April 13 at the MM2 terminal of the Lagos airport.

Investigations have indicated that Ukatu has been a major importer of big consignments of various brands and high dosages of illicit tramadol hydrochloride ranging from 120mg, 200mg, 225mg, and 250mg, according to Babafemi.

He claimed Ukatu owned pharmaceutical and plastic manufacturing enterprises, which he used as a front to bring illegal substances into the country, as well as 103 bank accounts he used to launder money.

He revealed that Ukatu was put under surveillance last year after five cartons of tramadol 225mg were recovered from his staff on May 4, 2021, when he dispatched them to sell to undercover police operatives (unknown to Ukatu) from the then-Kyari-led IRT of the Nigerian Police in Ikeja, Lagos.

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According to Babafemi, the price of a carton of tramadol was negotiated at N17 million each, compared to the black market value of N18 million to N20 million for each carton in Lagos at the time.

He also claimed that after the arrest of Ukatu’s staff, Mr. Pius Enidom and Mr. Sunday Ibekwete, the suspects led Kyari’s men to Mallinson’s warehouse in Ojota, Lagos, where the IRT Team seized 197 more cartons of tramadol 225mg, with the monetary value of the 202 cartons seized from Mallinson in one day exceeding N3 billion.

He claimed that three weeks after the seizure, the Kyari’s IRT team transferred only 12 cartons of tramadol to the NDLEA’s Lagos Command with one truck and a suspect, leaving 190 cartons unaccounted for and that the anti-narcotics officer of the agency finally arrested Ukatu at the Lagos airport after more than eight months of following the lead.

Kyari and four key members of his staff are already on trial in a Federal High Court in Abuja for a different but comparable crime, according to Babafemi.

Kyari and four key members of his staff are already on trial in a Federal High Court in Abuja for a different but comparable crime, according to Babafemi.

 

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