Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Kaduna State, have arrested a 58-year-old man for being in possession of expired Tramadol Hydrocloride drugs worth over 13 million Naira.
Parading the suspect before reporters in Zaria, Kaduna State on Saturday, the NDLEA Commander, Mr Samuel Azige, said that the suspect was arrested in his shop in Kano State with 1,544 cartons of pain-reliever drugs which expired in 2014.
“The suspect has a big warehouse in Zaria where he stores the goods he supplied to his customers in Kano,” Mr Azige told reporters.
He said that each carton of the illicit drugs, costs about 9,000 Naira.
But the suspect, who is a patent medicine dealer, denied the allegation, saying he bought the drugs from a pharmaceutical company in Lagos long before it expired.
He also claimed to have kept the drugs at a warehouse in Zaria pending the time he would get approval from NAFDAC and NDLEA before destroying it.
Mr Azige explained that apart from the fact that the drugs had expired, they were banned drugs that had serious implication on the consumers especially the youths.
He stated that investigation was already on, while the suspect would be charged to court within the next one week.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Kaduna State, north-west Nigeria, has arrested 89 persons for drug related offences and seized over 15 tons of illicit drug substances worth over 100 million Naira from drug addicts and peddlers between January to June.
The state NDLEA Commander, Mr Samuel Azige, stated this on Friday while addressing reporters.
Mr Azige said that the suspects were arrested in various raids and mop-up conducted by the agency at various parts of the state.
He explained that the seizure was the highest ever made by the agency in the entire Northern Nigeria.
The commander also said the illicit substances including cannabis, rophenol, cough syrup, tramadol and heroin were seized from the drug traffickers, while the agency also uncovered and destroyed a cannabis farm in Kachia Local Government Area of the state, with the owner arrested.
Mr Azige further told the reporters that the agency had secured 33 convictions and 23 suspects were counselled within the period under review.
Lamenting the harm being done to the society by drug trafficking and consumption, the NDLEA Commander noted that majority of the crimes being committed in the country were drug related.
He, however, called on parents to monitor the activities of their children.