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Indian Manufacturers Rename Tramadol To Evade Detection By Nigerian Customs—repo by ijustdey: 10:45am On Jan 29
Tramadol is a restricted pharmaceutical product used to treat severe pain and be administered only through prescription by medical professionals.

Manufacturers in India have rebranded the opioid Tramadol to Tafrodol to evade detection by customs officials at Nigeria's ports and borders, a report by Enactafrica has revealed.

While the name change makes the drug look like Tramadol, Tafrodol contains two ingredients that should not be combined and can reportedly cause respiratory infection, coma and even instant death.


The rebranding comes shortly after several shipments of Tramadol were seized at Nigeria's border posts.

In August 2020, the Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) intercepted 33 containers of Tramadol shipped from India worth N1.3 trillion in three different locations in Lagos.

Analysis by the ENACT organised crime project found that Lagos serves as a major market for Tramadol originating from Asia and shipped in through Cotonou in Benin. It is distributed legally and illegally to other parts of Nigeria, especially Edo and Kano states.

Under a 2018 Nigerian government policy, Tramadol is a restricted pharmaceutical product used to treat severe pain and be administered only through prescription by medical professionals.

Despite this, it is widely imported, smuggled and used – particularly among young people – for recreational and non-medical purposes. Health experts warn that this constitutes a threat to health security in the country.

Ahmed Yakasai, the former president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, told ENACT that Tramadol's rebranding for shipment into Nigeria had been ongoing for some time.

He said there was "a criminal collaboration between some pharmaceutical companies in Asia, especially India, and criminal gangs in Nigeria that import Tramadol in concealed brands into the country." Examples include Tapentadol, an opioid medication used to treat severe pain.

Reasons for the rebranding include crackdowns by regulatory agencies over the past two years. In November 2018, 581 million Tramadol tablets, worth over N241 million and weighing about 118 metric tons, were seized in Lagos by NDLEA.

In June 2020, customs seized 379 packs of Tramadol worth over N56 million in Kaduna. These efforts have been complemented by restrictions on the movement of people and goods due to COVID-19.

As a result, the quantity of Tramadol in circulation across Nigeria has plummeted, causing demand and prices to rise.

Dr Ibrahim Abdul Abubakar, NDLEA head in Kano State, told ENACT that a 20 kg pack of Tramadol sells for as much as N20 million in Nigeria, especially on the black market.

It's popular among armed insurgents and terror groups from Niger, Mali and Libya for use by their fighters.

Officials from NDLEA and NAFDAC, who spoke to ENACT on condition of anonymity, say that Tramadol smuggling persists despite all measures because of the involvement of corrupt officials.

"Colleagues from sister agencies are involved in this," said a senior NDLEA member. He said when other regulatory agencies record seizures at ports, they send cases relating to cannabis and other illicit drugs to NDLEA for prosecution, but rarely for Tramadol.

Lagos is a major market for Tramadol originating from Asia and shipped in through Cotonou in Benin.

This was confirmed by a NAFDAC director, who told ENACT that while some agencies were working hard to address the challenge, others were sabotaging it.

Two factors enable public sector corruption in smuggling illicit drugs into Nigeria. First, the bribes offered run into millions of US dollars, and second, those who have resisted the offers from the smuggling networks have been threatened or killed, Yakasai said.

Besides the complicity of government officials, the porosity of Nigeria's entry points and national borders facilitate the trade of Tramadol and illicit substances. Beyond rebranding, smugglers 'have learnt to adopt some models of concealment that are yet unknown to law enforcement agencies,' said Abubakar.

https://saharareporters.com/2021/01/29/indian-manufacturers-rename-tramadol-evade-detection-nigerian-customs%E2%80%94report

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Re: Indian Manufacturers Rename Tramadol To Evade Detection By Nigerian Customs—repo by newguy1(m): 1:13pm On Jan 29
Better people... as if tramadol itsself is not much in circulation. Misplace priority all the time ...the day Nigeria restructured all our sector will be d day we start getting it right, a kid of 10 year will walk into any drug store without real doctor prescription n get any drug they want n u want to curb drug abuse?




So I was d first to make a comment wao, this am dedicating to myself me and for those trying to make d first comment better days ahead, keep it up one day u will achieve this millstone just know that it haven’t been easy, commenting on thrash’y topic n ones that have no real value to us too..

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Re: Indian Manufacturers Rename Tramadol To Evade Detection By Nigerian Customs—repo by Stonerobaba(m): 1:13pm On Jan 29
Do i blame them? If there are necessary checks in place we wont be talking about this,#Badgovernance.
Re: Indian Manufacturers Rename Tramadol To Evade Detection By Nigerian Customs—repo by emmanuelpeace1(m): 1:14pm On Jan 29
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Re: Indian Manufacturers Rename Tramadol To Evade Detection By Nigerian Customs—repo by salbis(m): 1:14pm On Jan 29
Virtually everything about this country dey upside down.

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Re: Indian Manufacturers Rename Tramadol To Evade Detection By Nigerian Customs—repo by Gizer: 1:14pm On Jan 29
Like i dont understand. Is it that the government dont check the details of each drug.

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Re: Indian Manufacturers Rename Tramadol To Evade Detection By Nigerian Customs—repo by Brendaniel: 1:14pm On Jan 29
Well, they know where they are sending to, that's why, they will never try that to China or America...

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Re: Indian Manufacturers Rename Tramadol To Evade Detection By Nigerian Customs—repo by slawormiir: 1:14pm On Jan 29
Damnnn niggarrrr
Isoright

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Re: Indian Manufacturers Rename Tramadol To Evade Detection By Nigerian Customs—repo by Aieboocaar(m): 1:14pm On Jan 29
Whether tramadol o, abi na trafodol.... either way, boys suppose dey get high grin grin

Like the mad poussay banger cum weed smoker guy directly above me grin grin grin

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Re: Indian Manufacturers Rename Tramadol To Evade Detection By Nigerian Customs—repo by November24(f): 1:14pm On Jan 29
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Re: Indian Manufacturers Rename Tramadol To Evade Detection By Nigerian Customs—repo by osemoses1234(m): 1:14pm On Jan 29
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Re: Indian Manufacturers Rename Tramadol To Evade Detection By Nigerian Customs—repo by Kayceo2010: 1:14pm On Jan 29
shocked
Re: Indian Manufacturers Rename Tramadol To Evade Detection By Nigerian Customs—repo by Guwf: 1:14pm On Jan 29
Nigerians killing Nigerians , y can't we just stop this , it's Nigerians that told them what to do

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Re: Indian Manufacturers Rename Tramadol To Evade Detection By Nigerian Customs—repo by majamajic(m): 1:14pm On Jan 29
Highness !!!
Re: Indian Manufacturers Rename Tramadol To Evade Detection By Nigerian Customs—repo by GOTVee(m): 1:14pm On Jan 29
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Re: Indian Manufacturers Rename Tramadol To Evade Detection By Nigerian Customs—repo by osemoses1234(m): 1:14pm On Jan 29
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Re: Indian Manufacturers Rename Tramadol To Evade Detection By Nigerian Customs—repo by SouthSouth1914: 1:15pm On Jan 29
Nigerians can never do this in India!
Re: Indian Manufacturers Rename Tramadol To Evade Detection By Nigerian Customs—repo by Ademola47(m): 1:15pm On Jan 29
Those people(the manufacturers and our own importers/marketers) are desperate to make their money not minding the side effects and complications of their products.

I hope FG use lethal force on violators of the Usage and importation policy. It's high time we rose against our own common enemy.
Re: Indian Manufacturers Rename Tramadol To Evade Detection By Nigerian Customs—repo by adeoba2008(m): 1:15pm On Jan 29
aye oooo
Re: Indian Manufacturers Rename Tramadol To Evade Detection By Nigerian Customs—repo by Queenlovely(f): 1:16pm On Jan 29
my children, hausa are the drug Baron of Africa

forget igbo people
.

the hausa are very cooperative

while igbo man greediness is his downfall

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Re: Indian Manufacturers Rename Tramadol To Evade Detection By Nigerian Customs—repo by Childrentablets(f): 1:16pm On Jan 29
embarassed
Re: Indian Manufacturers Rename Tramadol To Evade Detection By Nigerian Customs—repo by SEGLIZ: 1:16pm On Jan 29
Guwf:
Nigerians killing Nigerians , y can't we just stop this , it's Nigerians that told them what to do

I tend to agree with you.
the Nigerian importer suggested the idea for he owns the marker here.

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Re: Indian Manufacturers Rename Tramadol To Evade Detection By Nigerian Customs—repo by Cti28(m): 1:16pm On Jan 29

In August 2020, the Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) intercepted 33 containers of Tramadol shipped from India worth N1.3 trillion in three different locations in Lagos.


1.3 trillion worth of tramadol - it will be difficult to stop the shipment. The will keep on devising new format. They can't afford to lose such a huge sum.
Re: Indian Manufacturers Rename Tramadol To Evade Detection By Nigerian Customs—repo by theFilmtric: 1:16pm On Jan 29
“Tramadol” to “Trafrodol”


Only a fool wouldn't discover


theFilmtricsay
Flexherbal:
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MANNABBQ wannabe cheesy grin

theFilmtricsay

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Re: Indian Manufacturers Rename Tramadol To Evade Detection By Nigerian Customs—repo by Shellsploit: 1:16pm On Jan 29
Edo and Kano State sef!
Re: Indian Manufacturers Rename Tramadol To Evade Detection By Nigerian Customs—repo by Emarvel(m): 1:16pm On Jan 29
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Re: Indian Manufacturers Rename Tramadol To Evade Detection By Nigerian Customs—repo by Realiz(m): 1:17pm On Jan 29
No matter how they try to repackage it. It will always be detected because it's killing the future of youth. It take God intervention to stop it once indulge in it. Truth be told.

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Re: Indian Manufacturers Rename Tramadol To Evade Detection By Nigerian Customs—repo by Flexherbal(m): 1:18pm On Jan 29
Manufacturers in India have rebranded the opioid Tramadol to Tafrodol to evade detection by customs officials at Nigeria's ports and borders, a report by Enactafrica has revealed.

Drug abuse is a big problem, no matter the drug.

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Re: Indian Manufacturers Rename Tramadol To Evade Detection By Nigerian Customs—repo by Baawaa(m): 1:19pm On Jan 29
Don't abuse drugs,simple

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