NDLEA arrests AutoNation boss, Chukwukadibia Ugochukwu, in connection with Tramadol worth N8.8 billion.
Agency said five exotic vehicles had also been located in two of the 52-year-old billionaire drug kingpin’s mansions.
NDLEA also revealed that two SUVs, including a bulletproof Jeep had been successfully removed to the agency’s facility.
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a suspected drug baron in connection with tramadol worth N8.8 billion recovered by the agency in Lagos.
The Agency said that 52-year-old billionaire drug kingpin, Chukwukadibia Ugochukwu, who is the Chairman of AutoNation Motors Ltd, is one of those behind the tramadol drug cartel in Nigeria.
In a statement on Monday in Abuja, the Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi said the drug kingpin was arrested on Friday, September 30th at his residential home in Victoria Garden City, Lekki area of Lagos, following credible intelligence.
“A search of the expansive mansion led to the discovery of 443 cartons of Tramadol Hydrochloride 225mg.
“This was in a carton which contained 13,451,466 pills of the drug, while some cartons were already burnt in a fire incident in the house same day”
Before his arrest, Babafemi said Ugochukwu, who hails from Ihiala local government area of Anambra, had been on the agency’s watch list.
“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 had also been located in two of his mansions, out of which two SUVs including a bullet jeep had been successfully removed to the agency’s facility,” he said.
Reacting to the latest drug haul, NDLEA Chairman, retired Brigadier- General Buba Marwa, commended the officers involved in the operation for their diligence.
He reassures Nigerians on the agencies mandate to rid the country of the menace of drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking.
According to him :
“I’ll like to reassure Nigerians and other stakeholders wherever they are located across the country.
“This assurance is coming beyond 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.
“This is because, we remain on their trail and we’ll always get them, ” he said.