The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has denied media reports alleging that its Director General, Dr. Paul Orhii was mobbed by irate youths in Makurdi over location of dump site for destruction of seized fake and substandard drugs.
A statement by the Acting Director Special Duties, Abubakar Jimoh, asserted that Orhii, who is being tipped to succeed Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State, was never attacked as alleged. He described the report as “a figment of imagination of the reporter” and “a fabrication which never happened” in the first place.
In the statement, Jimoh said: “The attention of NAFDAC has been drawn to a politically motivated story that the NAFDAC DG was attacked in Benue State over protests on the destruction of counterfeit drugs in their area. NAFDAC categorically refutes the story of the attack and the smashing of cars as tissues of lies and figment of the reporter’s imagination.
“The false report could have been a politically premeditated by disgruntled elements to attack Dr Orhii who is being pressurized to run for the Benue State Gubernatorial seat in 2015.
“NAFDAC is deeply shocked that its harmless efforts to rid the country of counterfeit drugs through routine seizure and destruction of spurious medicines have been hijacked by unscrupulous elements to settle cheap political plans.
“The Agency will not treat the false report with kid gloves as the appropriate law enforcement agency is being approached to investigate the motive behind the development,” Jimoh argued.
“Our assertion is predicated on the fact that the DG and the members of the newly inaugurated NAFDAC Governing Board and other top management staff who were headed to the destruction site had a tip off of the protesting youths and never got to the destruction site not to talk of being attacked,” he remarked.