One of the leaders of tramadol cartel in Nigeria, Ugochukwu Nsofor Chukwukadibia
NDLEA Discovers N8.8bn Drugs In VGC Mansion, Arrest AutoNation Motors Chairman
Fred Omotara, Lagos
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Monday said it has uncovered a large consignment of drugs worth N8,860,000,000 from one of the mansions of the Chairman of AutoNation Motors Ltd, Ugochukwu Nsofor Chukwukadibia, in an highbrow residential estate in Victoria Garden City (VGC) in Lekki area of Lagos. This is even as NDLEA described Ugochukwu Nsofor Chukwukadibia as one of the leaders of the cartel behind Nigeria’s tramadol drug importation.
In a statement released on Monday by NDLEA Director of Media, Femi Babafemi, the substances were concealed in hundreds of cartons kept in a house in Victoria Garden City (VGC).
According to Babafemi, NDLEA operatives had last Friday stormed Plot A45 Road 2, home of the 52-year-old billionaire drug kingpin, following credible intelligence.
The statement read in part, “No less than N13,451,466 pills of Tramadol 225mg worth N8,860,000,000 in street value have been recovered by operatives of the National Drug Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, from one of the mansions of a billionaire drug baron, Ugochukwu Nsofor Chukwukadibia, in the highbrow residential estate, Victoria Garden City (VGC), Lekki area of Lagos.
“The arrest of Ugochukwu, who is the Chairman of Autonation Motors Ltd, is coming barely two months after NDLEA uncovered a methamphetamine clandestine laboratory in the residence of another drug kingpin in the estate, Chris Emeka Nzewi, who was arrested on Saturday 30th July along with a chemist, Sunday Ukah, who cooked the illicit drug for him.
“Following credible intelligence, NDLEA operatives on Friday 30th September stormed the Plot A45 Road 2 home of the 52-year-old billionaire drug kingpin. A search of the expansive mansion led to the discovery of 443 cartons of Tramadol Hydrochloride 225mg, which contains 13,451,466 pills of the drug while some cartons were already burnt in a fire incident in the house the same day.”
Before his arrest, Chukwukadibia, who hails from the Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State, had been on NDLEA’s watch list as one of those behind the tramadol drug cartel in Nigeria
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