“NAFDAC Raids Unwholesome Drug Hawkers, Confiscates N45m Worth of Goods in Abuja and Niger”

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In a raid conducted on Friday in Abuja, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) targeted hawkers of unwholesome drugs at the Nyanya/Mararaba axis. The operation was initiated based on prior surveillance conducted by NAFDAC’s enforcement unit. Umar Suleiman, the team leader and Assistant Chief Regulatory Officer of the Federal Task Force, Investigation and Enforcement at NAFDAC, stated that the operation aimed to ascertain the presence of Baban Aisha Herbal products in the market.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAFDAC had previously raided the Baban Aisha production factory along the Abuja/Kaduna road for selling unregistered herbal products. The agency accused Baban Aisha of registering only some of his herbal medicines while selling others that were yet to be registered, using the privilege of the registered ones. Al-Nassar Islamic Herbal medicine store in Suleja, Niger State, was also raided and sealed by NAFDAC.

Regarding the recent operation, Mr Suleiman stated that advertising of Baban Aisha products was currently not permitted. The agency was able to apprehend five hawkers of the unwholesome drugs, while one escaped. The seized drugs in the Suleja shop included sex enhancers (such as Night Rocket, Black Diamond, Double Rocket, AK-47) and other herbal preparations like Transformer, Maibulala, and Maibusher. The estimated value of the drugs in the Suleja shop was N35 million, while the estimated value of the hawkers’ drugs was N10 million. Some of the drugs found in the shop were not herbal and contained pornographic pictures that were not approved by NAFDAC, indicating possible involvement in bulk sales.

Mr. Suleiman stated that by targeting the main supplier, NAFDAC aims to disrupt the access of retailers to the source of the unwholesome drugs. He mentioned that NAFDAC plans to expand its search operations to other regulated products such as food, cosmetics, medical devices, detergents, packaged water, and chemicals. The agency’s focus on drug products is due to their daily use and potential impact on the body.

The next phase of the operation will involve the search of pharmaceutical stores and their warehouses, with the goal of eliminating counterfeit and fake drugs from circulation. Mr. Suleiman expressed appreciation for the support of NAFDAC Director-General, Mojisola Adeyeye, as it has strengthened the operations of the investigation and enforcement unit.

Embugushiki Godiya, the desk officer for Investigation and Enforcement, Federal Task Force, NAFDAC, thanked the media for their support in highlighting the unit’s activities. He emphasized that the raid serves as a warning to others involved in selling unwholesome medicines and called on Nigerians to stop patronizing drug hawkers. He acknowledged the media’s role in enhancing NAFDAC’s enforcement activities and emphasized the importance of public cooperation to tackle the issue effectively.

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