Four tonnes of Tramadol in just one shipment! Imagine how much of this banned drug has been entering Nigeria monthly.

If the authorities are wondering why drug abuse has been on the rise, then it is time to look at the customs and immigration set-up.

Thanks to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), a gigantic four tonnes of imported Tramadol tablets has been impounded at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

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The MMIA Commandant of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Garba, told journalists on Thursday that the drug was imported in two batches from India and was recovered at the shed of one of the grounds handling companies at the airport.

According to him, the agency was unable to trace the importer and no clearing agent has come forward to clear the consignments.

“The seized consignments were imported into the country through the United Arab Emirates’ airline, Etihad Cargo,” he said.

A tonne is equal to 1,000 kilograms.

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