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NAFDAC impounds 30 cartons of fake drugs at Seme

By Godwin Oritse
The National Agency for Food And Drug Administration And Control (NAFDAC), Seme Border Command has  impounded 360 cartons of fake drugs concealed as  baby milk at Ashipa quarters.

The coordinator of the Seme border area, Mr Stanley Atabor,  confirmed the seizure of Lyprohetadine drugs (360+240+350) worth N30 million in Seme. “On Nov.24,2010 at Ashipa  Quarters, Seme border, NAFDAC  operatives,  acting on intelligence report, impounded fake drugs,” he said. The operation was carried out successfully with the assistance of NAFDAC officers and Mobile police men attached to the Enforcement Directorate, Lagos.

The fake drugs, Lyprohetadine, popularly known as “Feed Fine” with batch number FF -136, manufacturing date of January 2010 and expiring date of December 2013, were produced in India.

As the drugs were being evacuated into a hired truck with registration number X737 LSR, the  landlord of the Ashipa Quarters which served as warehouse for the seized drugs  fled.

He was, however, caught and confessed that his son  knew the importer that brought in the fake drugs to his  compound  for safe keeping.

Handcuffed and bundled into NAFDAC vehicle, the husband of three wives was later taken to Force Headquarters, Alagbon , Lagos for further investigation.

Apart from being an adulterated product , the storage condition of  the drugs  made it hazardous.
Mr Asikpo Joseph, Assistant Director  Enforcement Unit, NAFDAC, said that the landlord  would help them in unraveling the mystery behind the fake drugs import.

Meanwhile, the consignment has been quarantined at Nigeria Customs Command, Seme Border pending all necessary procedures  for the transfer to NAFDAC headquarters at Oshodi, Lagos.


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