The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, on Wednesday, said its men intercepted a container laden with 4,996,200 capsules of tramadol, which weighed 2,498.2 kilogrammes, at the Onne Port, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The agency’s spokesman, Femi Babafemi, disclosed this in a statement titled: ‘4.9 million tramadol capsules intercepted at Onne Port’.

The statement read in part, “Efforts of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency to block access to and availability of illicit substances have again led to the interception of a container bearing 4,996,200 capsules of tramadol and weighing 2,498.2 kilogrammes at the Onne Port, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

“The seizure of the illicit drug concealed in 1,387 cartons on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, followed a joint examination by the NDLEA operatives and Customs personnel of a container marked MRKU 0764717, which had since been on the agency’s watch list.”

In a related development, Babafemi stated that 42-year-old Muntari Hamidu was on Sunday arrested in Nyibango, Jimeta, Yola, Adamawa State, with 13 sacks of cannabis sativa weighing 166kg.

He said 35-year-old Sani Musa was also nabbed with 16.1kg of skunk at Ngurore, Yola South Local Government Area of Adamawa State on the same day.

On the same day, he stated that a team of NDLEA operatives from the Ondo State Command also arrested one James Godspower with 36.5kg of cannabis sativa in Faloye, Ogbese, Akure North Local Government Area of the state.

“The Chairman/Chief Executive, NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (retd.), in his reaction, lauded the renewed synergy between the agency and other security agencies, even as he commended the officers and men of the Port Harcourt Port Command as well as those of the Adamawa and Ondo State commands for their resilience and commitment to work, while charging them to remain vigilant,” the statement added.

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