The Nigerian National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested Chief Afam Ukatu, who it describes as the billionaire drug baron behind the N3 billion ($7.18) tramadol deal involving suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police and former Intelligence Response Team leader Abba Kyari.
The agency’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, said in a statement on Monday that he was arrested “after months of surveillance and evading arrest.”
According to Babafemi, Ukatu, the chairman of Mallinson Group of Companies, was apprehended onboard a flight to Abuja on Wednesday, April 13 at the MM2 terminal of Lagos International Airport, Ikeja.
He said, “Investigations reveal he’s 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.
Kyari and four top members of his team are already facing trial for a different but similar offences at a Federal High Court in Abuja.”
Recall that AEM had reported that the suspended senior police officer Abba Kyari, belonged to a drug cartel that operates the Brazil-Ethiopia-Nigeria illicit drug pipeline according to the NDLEA.