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NAFDAC announces N.2m reward for tip-off

…says no expired milk in circulation

By Chioma Obinna
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Tuesday announced a monetary reward of N200,000 for any genuine tip-off on fake or counterfeit products by any Nigerian even as it shut down Rofico Limited, a company that packages Milcow Milk, in Lagos.

Briefing journalists on the purported circulation of expired milk products in Lagos, Director-General of NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii,  who promised that the person’s confidentiality would be kept secret said it had become necessary to initiate such reward as only few Nigerians were able to report such illegal activities in their localities.

To this end, the Agency has doled out N200.000 to a Nigerian that gave the tip-off which led to the closure of Rofico Limited.

Orhii who explained that following earlier tip-off, the Agency was able to place on hold expired milk products by Rofico for destruction, further said the alleged expired milk products were still intact in the company’s warehouse contrary to earlier newspaper publication that they were already in the market.

According to him, NAFDAC has visited the company in November 2009, when bags of expired premix flavour and concentrate chocolate were found in the raw materials section and placed on hold the products for destruction for 31March but was not able to destroy them due to the failure of the company to make payment before the stipulated date.

“Following recent newspaper reports of expired milk products in circulation, NAFDAC officials again visited the warehouses and took inventory of the products scheduled for destruction and confirmed that the items were still intact but observed that more expired products that had not been seen before were in the warehouse.”

…seizes 3 containers of fake drugs

In a related development, the Agency has confiscated three 20-feet containers loaded with assorted drugs suspected to be fake under the escort of armed uniformed men valued at N100 million.

Orhii who lamented that while Nigerians were busy celebrating Easter, some unscrupulous elements were busy flooding the country with fake drugs, said the Agency received a tip-off that some people were taking advantage of the Easter break to smuggle  some drug products into the country through the land border.

Reiterating that the ban on importation of drugs through land borders was still in enforce, he said two suspects connected with the importation had been arrested and detained to assist in investigation.


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