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NDLEA bust billionaire drug baron, recover tramadol worth N8.8bn



Ugochukwu Nsofor Chukwukadibia arrested by NDLEA for possession of banned tramadol
  • Recovers N8.8billion worth of tramadol from mansion in residential estate

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) busted a billionaire drug baron, Ugochukwu Nsofor Chukwukadibia, in Victoria Garden City, Lagos state on Monday, recovering nearly N9 billion worth of banned tramadol.

The arrest of Chukwukadibia comes barely two months after another billionaire was arrested in the same residential area.

A statement by Femi Babafemi, NDLEA director, media and advocacy, revealed that the bust took place on September 30.

“No less than 13,451,466 (Thirteen Million, Four Hundred and Fifty One Thousand, Four Hundred and Sixty Six) pills of tramadol 225mg worth N8,860,000,000 (Eight Billion Eight Hundred and Sixty Million Naira) in street value have been recovered by operatives of the NDLEA, from one of the mansions of a billionaire drug baron, Ugochukwu Nsofor Chukwukadibia, in the highbrow residential estate, Victoria Garden City, 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.


“At least, 258.74 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and various precursor chemicals used for the production of the toxic drug were recovered from Nzewi’s home during his arrest.

“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 same day.


Buba Marwa, former military governor of Lagos State and ally of Mrs Aisha Buhari Drug Barons Buba Marwa, NDLEA chairman

Buba Marwa, NDLEA chairman

“Before his arrest, Ugochukwu who hails from Ihiala local government area of Anambra state has been on the agency’s watch list as one of those behind the tramadol drug cartel in Nigeria. Preliminary investigation shows that he has about six mansions within the VGC, one of which he uses to warehouse the tramadol consignment, while he lives in the one at Plot Z-130 Road 67 and another as his office.

“Five exotic vehicles have also been located in two of his mansions, out of which two SUVs including a bullet jeep have been successfully removed to the Agency’s facility.


Reacting to the latest drug haul, chairman/chief executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (retd.) commended the officers and men involved in the operation for their diligence while also appreciating Nigerians for supporting the agency in its arduous task of ridding the country of the menace of drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking.

According to him, “I will like to reassure Nigerians and other stakeholders wherever they are located across the country and beyond of our preparedness to work with them on this onerous task of saving our people from the drug scourge.

“This partnership is a further warning to the drug barons and cartels that there is no hiding place for them anymore, because we remain on their trail and we’ll always get them,” he said.

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