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NAFDAC seize fake drugs worth over N3bn

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control,NAFDAC, has seized counterfeit, fake drugs and unwholesome processed foods worth over three billion naira in two warehouses in Lagos.

The Director General, NAFDAC, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye stated this at a press conference held via zoom.

She said the seized items located at a trade fair complex were multiple cartons of banned drugs including 10 cartons of 225 milligrams of Tramadol, 1,200 cartons of banned Analgin injection, 2,200 cartons of banned codeine in syrup and 500 cartons of Azmal; Artemeter injection.

Others items include 534 cartons plus 300 packs of Biomal; Artesunate injection, 188 cartons of Hydra and black Cobra and 198 cartons of super Artesunate injection.

The NAFDAC DG explained that the offensive products, owned by one Mr Chuka who is still at large, were evacuated in over 20 truckloads from the two locations.

Professor Adeyeye also noted that the Agency discovered that some fake and counterfeit products were brought into the country through a system known as ”Groupage” where more than two persons load containers with different items from the country of origin.

She also disclosed that during one of the Agency’s operations, a suspect declared that the Coco-Pops, Corn Flakes and Oats being displayed for sale in transparent nylons were sourced from LAWMA waste disposal trucks before repackaging into transparent the nylons.

The NAFDAC boss therefore warned the public not to purchase cereal and other products that have been removed from their primary packaging.

Professor Adeyeye added that the Agency would soon acquire devices that can test and ascertain the quality of products.

Reporting by Emmanuel Kutara, Editing by Omotola Oguneye