As portrayed in the mission statement of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to safeguard public health by ensuring that only the right quality of food, drugs and other regulated products are manufactured and consumed, the agency inspected a liqour factory and raided the popular Abraka market in Asaba, the Delta state capital.
The agency said it is conducting the raid following a tip-off about some people who had local liquor production sites, where adulteration was going on as well as unauthorised individuals involved in the sales and distribution of drugs.
The Director of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate Agency of NAFDAC, Mr Kingsley Ejiofor, led the team to raid petty kiosks illegally involved in the sales of fake and unauthorised drugs at two popular Hausa communities, both along the Asaba- Onitscha expressway Oshimili south Local Government Area of Delta state.
The drugs confiscated are majorly fake aphrodisiac manpower drugs like Tramadol of 200mg, 225mg with high strength which is not meant to be sold at the market.
One of the NAFDAC officials explains the effect some of the drugs could have on the people using them; “Considering the nature of this environment, it is possible to have frequent cases of rape because of these kinds of drugs. All they just need to do is to administer a little portion of it into any drink, the lady drinks and gets unconscious, even when she wakes up, she cannot recall whatever it is that may have occurred”.
Earlier on, the team had inspected a liquor factory involved in the production of local gin.
Seemingly displeased with the production environment, Mr Ejiofor who led the team had asked the management of the factory to ensure that the production environment is clean and safe at all times, to ensure the safety of its consumers
While stating that the raid was carried out as a result of a tip-off by some individuals, Mr Ejiofor, however, advised the public to stop patronizing unauthorised drug sales shops, to avoid buying potentially dangerous and expired products.
“We are using this as an opportunity to encourage members of the public to report to us when they feel or consume any bad product harmful to their health.
“This particular raid came as a result of a consumer’s complain, who consumed a product and began to stool blood”, he said.
Sanitizing the Nigerian Society of Fake and Counterfeit Drugs, remains a top priority for the agency as it reassures Nigerians of a healthy and safe environment.