Contrary to the Kano state Police command’s claim of seizure of over 300 cartons of drugs alleged to be tramadol, the management of the company, Ugolab Manufacturing Company, where the confiscation was made, has said that the Police lied.
The company’s management maintained that the Police who were invited to the premises at the wee hours (about 3.30 am) of Friday 17 May, 2019, to intervene in armed robbery case within the company, took away were three cartons of Diclofenac Sodium in the first instance.
The company insisted that none of the cartons at the time of being taken away from the company premises contained any hard drugs or tramadol.
The Kano State Police Commissioner, Wakili Mohammed had while briefing newsmen on Friday at the Police Command Headquarters in Bompai claimed that the seizure, followed a tip-off, “prompting a police special squad to rush to the scene and impounded the 303 cartons of the hard drugs at No. 157 Miller Road, Bompai in Nassarawa LGA.”
The Police Commissioner further said that during the raid, the police burst a syndicate at a drug factory, Ugolab Manufacturing Company located along Bompai, Kano as the owners of the said illicit drug.
Also, Mohammed said one suspect, Chris Metuh of No. 157, Club Road was arrested and is currently in police custody.
But in a sharp reaction to the Police claim indicting the company, the management said that it was false, alleging moreover that the Police have not subjected the contents of what it actually took away from the premises to laboratory test to arrive at the hasty conclusion.
The Production Process Manager of the Ugolab pharmaceutical company, Mr. Peter Eguabor, who spoke during a telephone interview confirmed that there was a robbery incident at the company’s warehouse at about 3:53 am on that fateful day (Friday, 17 May, 2017).
He disclosed that the robbers made away with four cartons of Diclofenac Sodium and Diphenhydramine HCL, among others.
He told our reporter that he personally alerted the police at the control room over the robbery incident.
According to him, trouble started when on arrival at the scene of the crime, the police officer who led the team opened a carton of Diclofenac and alleged the contents to be tramadol.
According to him, “they took three cartons when they came for inspection at the earliest hours of the morning. Then around 11am, the General Manager and the Quality Assurance manager, went to give a statement and took with them a carton of the medicine, making four cartons. The police later came back around 2pm to collect the remaining 352 cartons of the drug”
It was also gathered that the General Manager of the pharmaceutical company, Chris Metu who called the Production Process Manager to ascertain what really happened in the company was unlawfully arrested, whisked away and detained by the police.
According to the firm, when the Police were asked to explain why those additional cartons were being taken away, their response was that “investigation is still on-going”.
The management of Ugolab had described the allegation that what was taken from the warehouse were tramadol tablets as an assumption totally malicious.
“There was no justification to this wicked attempt that is aimed to destroy one’s reputations. Their assumption was based on their biased mindset. There were no professional laboratory analysis results to prove their allegation is true. Therefore, I stand to debunk the false allegation that tramadol was stored in Ugolab production Nigerian Limited”, said Eguabor
Meanwhile, staff of Ugolab who are still being detained unlawfully for the alleged crime includes: Pharm. Chris Metuh (General Manager of the company); Amino Safi and Usman Salihu (security men from M.S Guard Security Agency); and Musa Adamu, among others.