Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Adamawa State have intercepted about 1,316 tonnes of tramadol believed to be a supply for the Boko Haram terrorists.
NDLEA Commander in the state, Mr Yakubu Kibo, revealed this to reporters on Friday in Yola, the state capital in North-east Nigeria.
He said “the seized items have been despatched from the southern part of the country undetected and brought to an electronic shop in Mubi, a commercial town in Adamawa once captured by the terrorists.”
According to him, the NDLEA operatives cordoned off the shop following a tip-off.
He added that “after a thorough search, NDLEA operatives discovered 183 cartons of noodles which contained 1,316 tonnes of tramadol (225 mg tablets), with a street value of about N20million.”
Mr Kibo described the development as unfortunate, considering what the drugs would be used for.
He also called on residents across the state to support the agency in curbing the menace of drug abuses in the society.
“The Command is using this opportunity to urge members of the public to be watchful and live up to their civic responsibility by giving information that will help checkmate new trends of concealments employed by these merchants of death,” the commander said.
In another development, NDLEA operatives embarked on a raid operation in Yola and its environs while a total of 46 suspects were arrested.
Items recovered from them include cannabis sativa, cough syrup with codeine, tramadol tablets, pentazocine injection, diazepam tablets, and formalin solution among other drugs.
Kibo, who also paraded the suspects before journalists, vowed that the NDLEA would continue to ensure that illicit drugs become unattractive to dealers in the state.
He also appreciated the state governor, Mohammed Jibrilla, for supporting the agency in a bid to build a drug abuse-free Adamawa.