Billionaire drug baron behind the three billion Tramadol deal involving the embattled suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari-led Intelligence Response Team, Afam Mallinson Emmanuel Ukatu has been arrested by the operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.
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NDLEA , Femi Babafemi who made the disclosure to newsmen in Abuja on Monday 25, 2022 Said after months of surveillance and evading arrest, Emmanuel Ukatu the Chairman of Mallinson Group of Companies was eventually nabbed onboard to Abuja
at the MM2 terminal of the Lagos airport, Ikeja on 13 April 2022.
Babafemi also noted that investigations reveal that Emmanuel Ukatu has been a major importer of large consignments of different brands and high dosages of Tramadol Hydrochloride ranging from 120mg, 200mg, 225mg and 250mg, all of which are illicit.
The NDLEA boss said Emmanuel Ukatu owns pharmaceutical and plastic manufacturing companies which he used as a cover to import illicit drugs into Nigeria. This is in addition to operating 103 bank accounts most of which are used to launder money.
Femi said Emmanuel Ukatu came under watch last year after five cartons of Tramadol 225mg were seized from his staff on 4th May 2021 when he sent them to sell to undercover police officers from the then Kyari-led Intelligence Response Team, of the Nigeria Police, Ikeja Lagos.
Also after over eight months of following the lead, anti-narcotic officers of the Agency eventually arrested Ukatu at the Lagos airport on 13th April 2022. Kyari and four top members of his team are already facing trial for a different but similar offence at a Federal High Court in Abuja.