Another Anambra Billionaire Nabbed for Drug Trafficking in Lagos

October 4, 2022
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By Izunna Okafor

An Ihiala Anambra-born billionaire, Ugochukwu Nsofor Chukwukadibia has been arrested in Lagos by the operatives of the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

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The Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Femi Babafemi disclosed this in a press release to newsmen, in which he also said that no fewer than 13,451,466 pills of Tramadol 225mg worth N8,860,000,000) in street value were also recovered from the drug cartel in one of his mansions in the highbrow residential estate, Victoria Garden City, Lekki area of Lagos.

According to him, the arrest of Ugochukwu, who is the Chairman of Autonation Motors Ltd came 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, July 30, along with a chemist, Sunday Ukah, who cooked the illicit drug for him.

He said 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 in July.

On the recent arrest (of Chukwukadibia), Babafemi said “Following credible intelligence, NDLEA operatives on Friday, September 30, 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.

“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 (Rtd) 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.”

Babafemi quoted the Brig. Gen. Marwa as saying “I’ll 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.”

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