Indian businessman arrested for allegedly smuggling 134,700 bottles of Codeine into Nigeria

An Indian businessman, Vyapak Nutal has been taken into custody for interrogation by operatives of the

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested an Indian businessman, Vyapak Nutal, for allegedly smuggling 134,700 bottles of Codeine syrup into the country.

NDLEA’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Sunday, February 13, said the illicit drugs were smuggled through the land border between Nigeria and Niger Republic in Sokoto State.

According to him, “The suspect had loaded the consignment into trucks in Cotonou, Benin Republic and drove through the land borders via Niger Republic before entering Sokoto state at the Illela border.

Settled in a hotel in Sokoto state, credible intelligence reveals that Nutal began to look for buyers for the controlled drug. While operatives were on his trail, officers of the Department of State Security were able to apprehend him and swiftly handed him over to NDLEA on Wednesday, February 10, 2022.”

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