By ENYIM ENYIM
ONITSHA—THE National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has uncovered an illegal drug factory in Onitsha, Anambra State, even as it seized fake drugs and equipment worth over N20 million in Onitsha.
Deputy Director of NAFDAC, Special zonal office, Mr Benson Kine told newsmen that the illegal factory had been functioning as a family cottage business.
Kine said the factory, following a tip-off by public-spirited individual, was discovered at a residential duplex on Commercial Avenue, Fegge, Onitsha, in the Federal Housing Estate of Fegge community.
He said NAFDAC and the police team apprehended a woman named (withheld) who claimed her husband owns the house and the illegal factory.
The NAFDAC Director said the woman’s husband had been at large for some time now abandoning his family after NAFDAC and the police team raided their house and confiscated the fake drugs and equipment.
According to him, “we are yet to get her husband, who she alleged owns the house and illegal factory as well as do the supply of the fake drugs and procures materials for their manufacturing. From available sales receipt recovered from them; they supply the products to Idumota Market, Lagos, Kano as well as Maidugiru in Borno State and they had been in the business for some years now. The suspect, her children and relatives have not found anything wrong in running an illegal and fake drug factory all these years.”
Kine said the suspects had been transferred to the agency’s investigation directorate in Lagos for further investigation and prosecution.
The fake drugs recovered are as follows: Minadex Tonic and Multi-Vitamin for Children – 100 cartons by 12 bottles by 200 mililitres and Merit Liquid Quinine – 17 cartons by 40 bottles by 200 mililitres.
Other are: Festdrine (Anti-malaria) – 16 cartons by 100 bottles by 100 mililitres; Glibebenclanide (Anti-malaria) – 37 cartons by 1000 tablets by 5 mililitres and Geofage 500 (Anti-Diabetic) – 70 cartons by 500 tablets by 500 militires.
The equipment included: three hot-air-gum machines for shrink wrapping, two cartons sealing machines, improvise vice device for printing numbers and a nylon sealing machines.
Other are: a full keg of chloroquine Forte, rolls of taper prove nylons, five sack filled empty pack of Merit Quinine and insert label containing fake NAFDAC numbers and manufacturer addresses.