The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has said it intercepted a total of 340 million tramadol tablets in 12 containers in Apapa Sea Ports, Lagos.
Tramadol, a psychotropic drug and opiate derivative, was recently banned by the Federal Government.
The Chairman of the agency, retired Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, said yesterday in Abuja that the seizures were achieved with the collaboration of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
A spokesman of the NDLEA, Jonah Achema, said in a statement quoting the chairman that the tablets which were in various dosages ranging from 120 to 250 milligrams were recovered from 12 containers in an on-going search of containers at the port.
"These containers which have been on the watch-list of NDLEA since November 2017 were brought to the attention of the NCS, to be positioned for search based on the agency's (NDLEA) reasonable suspicion of the containers containing tramadol. The Nigeria Customs Service yesterday (Thursday) dropped only 28 of the 62 containers for search where 12 of the containers have been found to contain Tramadol. The search is still on-going," the statement said.
The NDLEA chairman said it is doubtful that this influx of tramadol is for legitimate use.