By Chioma Obinna
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has arrested suspected fakers of its registration numbers in Lagos and Edo states.
Addressing a press conference in Lagos, at the weekend, the Acting Director-General of NAFDAC, Mrs. Yetunde Oluremi Oni, said the arrests were made following an intelligence report by the agency’s Pharmacovigilance and Post-Marketing Surveillance Directorate on a facility suspected to be producing a herbal medicine using fake NAFDAC registration number.
According to Oni, NAFDAC enforcement team raided the company located at Mile 12 area of Lagos; shut the factory and made the arrests.
The Acting DG, who spoke through through the Director Investigation and Enforcement, Mr. Kingsley Ejiofor, said: “During interrogation, one of the suspects arrested in the company claimed that the product was duly registered with NAFDAC and even tendered registration certificate to the investigators. But further investigation revealed that the NAFDAC registration certificate was fake.
“Mr. Yahaya, in collaboration with two others, Mr. Abubakar Ibrahim a.k.a Lamido and Idris Adamu (Prime Suspect), Mr. Idris Adamu, based in Sokoto, was said to have designed the NAFDAC certificate using a computer, printed and way billed it to Mr. Abubakar Ibrahim, a.k.a Lamido, in Kaduna, who filled all necessary information and signed. He further confessed to have received N100, 000.00 from the N150, 000.00 given by the client”. Oni said further investigation was ongoing and that the case would be prosecuted.
In the second arrest, she explained that a team of investigation and enforcement officers and Federal Task Force on Counterfeit, Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Food carried out raid operations at Benin, Edo State and Warri in Delta State.