The Kaduna State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) following a raid of a warehouse in Zaria city of the state has confiscated 65 cartons of expired Unpalido contraband drug worth over N50 million.
The State Commander of the Agency, Mr. Samule Azige who disclosed this while parading 7 suspects arrested for various offences related to drug peddling in Kaduna affirmed that the contraband drugs has been banned by the World Health Organization (WHO) and are no longer in use, hence the need for the raid following a tip-off.
According to him, even as the drug is banned entering into the country, some criminal elements still bring in the drugs and sell to the citizens which will compound their health problem.
“As you can see, we are able to seize 65 Unpalido, now this unpalido is a band products by the world health organization and no longer in use like chloriqi so it is completely banned. You find out that some criminal elements still bring this drugs and sell it to the people and this will compound their health problem” he said.
Mr. Azige noted that the Agency was lucky to get the information in time before the owner distribute it for selling, saying the Agency has to strike at the warehouse where the drugs were kept and were able to recover the drugs.
He said the Agency has also weighed the 60 caton of the contraband drugs which amounted to a total of 540 kilo grams unpalido, adding that if you allow the drugs to go into the society or into circulation, a lot of people are going to die.
“We are lucky we got the information and then we strike at the warehouse were this drugs were kept and we were able to recover 65 carton of Unpalido. We have weighed this drugs and it gives us a total of 540 Kgs, now if you allow this drugs go into circulation, l can bet you that a lot of people are going to die by consuming it because for one it is banned drugs, two it is no longer recommended for use and three it has expired. I have briefed the Governor Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and he is very much happy for the discovery” he said.
The Commander opined that this is what the Agency and the people in the State faced and use the opportunity to commend the people of Zaria city for the vital information and appealed to the public to continue to give the Agency useful information to ride the State off fake, expired and deadly drugs.
He called on the members of Patent Dealers Association to go into legitimate trade without going into illegal trade, saying the contraband is completely illegal and the punishment for dealing on expired and fake drugs substance is prison.
Mr. Azige mentioned that the owner of the substance is at large but the premises have been sealed off, saying the Agency is still searching for him and promise to apprehend him for prosecution.
Meanwhile, one of the suspect, Adamu Abubakar has pleaded for his innocence saying, he only boarded a vehicle along Kaduna Abuja express road but when they were stopped by NDLEA operatives, they found marijuana in a car, the passengers quickly informed the operatives that the bag belongs to him, an allegation he refuted.
“Another suspect, Hashim Kashim who was arrested in Tudun Wada in Kaduna South for selling tramadol said he is sorry for his action because some people asked him to supply them the drugs and was in dear need of the money”.
The State Commander however advised Nigerians youth to keep away from drug if they want to succeed because nobody ever succeeds in taking drug because drugs will only end in destroying them.