One Malian national and 4 Nigerians were arrested by the officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in connection with illegal possession and sales of 4,580 kilogrammes of psychotropic drugs in Kano State.
The agency said the seized drugs were remains the most commonly abused narcotics by youths in the northern part of the country and they comprises of 2,592kgs of codeine cough syrups and 1,988kgs of tramadol recovered from five secret warehouses in the state.
The state commander of the NDLEA, Mr Hamza Umar, gave the identity of the suspects as Ikechukwu Ukwuoma, 34, arrested with 2,010kgs of codeine cough syrups; Nura Ibrahim, 30, caught with 886kgs of tramadol and Zakari Muhammadi, a Malian found with 850kgs of tramadol.
Others are Earnest Asogwa, 34, caught with 582kgs of codeine syrup and Ikenna Osuizugba, 34, found in possession of 252kgs of tramadol.
The arrests and seizures were made following intelligence report on the activities of the suspects.
“The abuse of psychotropic drugs like codeine cough syrups and tramadol is prevalent among young people and married women in the state. It is common to see iced bottles of codeine cough syrup instead of beverage drinks in a gathering of young people,” Hamza stated.