NDLEA arrests Abuja businessman over online sales of illicit drugs

Orakwe Chibuike Celestine, a pharmacist, was detained by agents from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for allegedly selling illegal and prohibited substances on a well-known e-commerce website.

According to a statement made today, August 17, by Femi Babafemi, the spokesperson for the anti-drug agency, Orakwe, a University of Abuja graduate with a degree in business administration, registered his pharmaceutical company on December 16, 2014, with the approval of a licensed pharmacist who opted out of the deal in 2017.

”The suspect continued running the business and enrolled it on Jiji.ng platform in 2019. He however came under NDLEAs radar in October 2021 when he advertised many pharmaceutical products such as Tramadol, Ketamine Hydrochloride injection, Hypnox flunitrazepam tablets among others on the Jiji.ng online marketplace.

Between 26th October 2021 and 8th August 2022, the team of anti-narcotic officers assigned to investigate Orakwes drug business activities was able to establish the suspect was selling Tramadol 225mg and other illicit/controlled drugs through the e-commerce platform. As a result, the suspect was arrested with some quantities of Tramadol and Swiphnol brand of Rohypnol on Monday 8th August at a drink joint in Jabi area of Abuja where he had gone to make some supplies of orders made through his online channel on Jiji.ng.” the statement read

In his reaction to Orakwes arrest, the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) said the painstaking investigation and process of arresting the businessman should send a strong message to those hiding behind the internet to engage in marketing and selling of illicit/controlled drugs that the Agency will definitely get them to face the consequences of their action.

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