The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Jigawa has arrested 40 drug vendors, as part of efforts to check circulation of fake and adulterated drugs.
The Director of the Agency in the state, Mr Keneth Azikwe, told newsmen in Dutse that the drug hawkers were arrested in Dutse, and other major towns in the state in the last nine months.
He said that the agency had adopted proactive measures in the fight against drug hawking, and warned that perpetrators would be prosecuted.
The director said that NAFDAC was working in collaboration with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in sensitising the people on the dangers inherent in drug abuse.
Azikwe said that the agency had established desk offices across the 27 local government areas of the state to expand its outreach in rural areas.
“Drug hawkers are merchants of death, people should avoid them. Most of the drug from hawkers are fake or adulterated due to exposure to the sun and poor handling,” Azikwe said.
He urged the people to desist from patronising street hawkers and support the agency with information on the activities of nefarious drug dealers in the area. (NAN)