33 containers of Tramadol seized by NAFDAC
Mar 14, 2018 Health 2137 By Jason Ade
Operatives of the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) have seized 33 containers filled with Tramadol, being transported to an unknown location in the country.
This announcement was made by Prof Christiana Adeyeye, Director-General of NAFDAC while she was speaking at the National Chemical Security Training Conference in Abuja, jointly organised by the Office of the National Security
Adviser and the Chemical Security Programme.
Prof Adeyeye said 3 trucks that were also seized at the Apapa Ports in Lagos State, was filled with Tramadol. She added that an emergency must be declared over the way youths and children in the country abuse of drugs.
Prof Adeyeye said, “We have to declare an emergency because of our youths and children who are abusing hard drugs. As I speak, we have about 33 containers of Tramadol that we intercepted. Those are the ones we could see. Some have exited the ports.
“We have a big problem in the country and we have to declare an emergency because of our youths and children who are abusing drugs and families being disintegrated.
“About five weeks ago, NAFDAC intercepted a 40-feet container of Tramadol and two trucks exiting the Apapa ports. We were told that these vehicles were heading for Yola and the eventual destination may be the Sambisa Forest.
“How can a young girl agree to have bombs tie around her, if not that her mind has been stolen through drugs? So, we have a problem to tackle. With the 33 containers, it means that some other containers are yet to be identified. We also have a problem with our porous borders.”
Maj-Gen Babagana Monguno (Rtd), President Buhari's National Security Adviser, said drugs are employed to stimulate children used by Boko Haram terrorists for suicide bombing missions.
Represented by the Coordinator of the Counter Terrorism Centre, Rear Admiral Yem Musa, Monguno said government's strict control measures for importation, manufacture, distribution, storage and usage of drugs in the country was because of this dastardly act, adding other government agencies must work together to effectively make the “the importation, transportation and use of these sensitive substances” impossible for criminals.