Nigeria Customs Impound Goods Worth N250m

customsThe Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone C Owerri, the Imo State capital, has impounded various contraband goods.

The goods include fake human and veterinary drugs, vehicles, second hand clothing, expired vehicle tyres, furniture and bags of rice.

While conducting newsmen round the seizures, the Area Comptroller of the FOU Zone C, Mr Victor Dimka, said that the seizures were made by his men after tip off by their strategic partners in the zone, consisting of all the South-South and South-East states.

Mr Dimka said that the total cumulative duty paid value for all the seizures is over 250 million naira.

Director of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Imo State, David West, who received the fake drugs from the Customs on behalf of the DG of NAFDAC, advised consumers to be conscious of the products they consume and report any issue relating to fake products in the market.

Impounded goods include over 1700 cartoons of fake and unregistered human and veterinary drugs with cumulative duty paid value of 141 million naira, 182 impounded vehicles, 160 bales of second hand clothing, 192 pieces of used vehicle tyres, furniture and bags of imported rice.

NAFDAC Destroys Fake Goods Worth N500 Million

TNAFDAChe Director General of National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, (NAFDAC), Dr. Paul Orhii, has commended drug traders at the Bridge Head market, Onitsha, Anambra state, for voluntarily regulating themselves against importation and distribution of fake drugs and substandard food products in the state.

Dr. Orhii said this during the destruction exercise of fake and substandard drugs with other food products worth about N500 million in Awka, Anambra state capital.

According to the NAFDAC Director General, some of the fake drugs destroyed were voluntarily surrendered by the Onitsha traders.

At ASWAMA dump site, Agu Awka, the venue for the destruction exercise, Dr. Orhii, was present with other officials and many high ranking officers of other security agencies in the state including the Police, Immigration, Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC and Civil Defense.

Dr Orhii said the support of the security agencies in the war against fake, substandard drugs and food products could not be overemphasized adding that NAFDAC would not renege in its war against fake drugs as they are battling the reintroduction of such products into the market on daily basis.

Dr. Paul commended the drug traders at the Bridge Head Market, Onitsha, on their resolve to voluntarily regulate themselves and monitor any incidence of fake drugs circulation among them in the market.

The Director General of NAFDAC added that the reason for burning the dangerous products is to ensure they do not go back into circulation in any way or form again.