The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has sealed off 234 retail drug outlets in Oyo State.
The head of the PCN inspection team, Mrs Anthonia Aruka, revealed this to reporters after five days of monitoring and enforcement of retail drug outlets in the state.
She decried that the statistics available was worrisome as only 24 out of the 269 facilities visited across about 16 local government areas had commendable practice.
Mrs Aruka added that an alarming number of these Patent and Proprietary Medicine Vendors (PPMVs) do not conform to stipulated rules and procedures to ensure safety of their customers.
She advised the public to only patronise PCN-approved outlets for over-the-counter medicines.
The affected shops were sealed in Ibadan, Iseyin, Oyo, Saki, Eruwa and Igbo Ora towns of the state.
Apart from sealing these premises, PCN also said that the enforcement exercise would be a continuous process, adding that it would not allow the sealed shops reopen until they meet the required safety standards.
The Assistant Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service in charge of zone A says efforts are ongoing to properly identify all illegal entry and exit points created by smugglers in the south-west.
Mr Eporwei Edike added that the development came with a view to improve security and revenue in the country.
Addressing customs officers at the area headquarters of Oyo/Osun Customs Command in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, on Wednesday, Mr Edike charged them to re-dedicate themselves to selfless duty with absolute commitment to ensuring the security of the country.
At the border outstations at Igbeti, Saki and Iseyin, the Assistant Controller General assured the officers on duty that his visit was to give them a sense of belonging and let them know that their sacrifices are appreciated.
He urged the officers to do more especially in the onslaught against arms smuggling, cars and contraband items.
Some of the officers complained of inadequate logistics like: patrol cars and other necessary tools to tackle the smugglers headlong.
The Assistant Comptroller General, however, assured the officers that, the C.G of Customs would address all the shortcomings.
The Comptroller of Customs Oyo/Osun Command, Tope Ogunkua, disclosed that communal briefing and town hall meetings among local communities along border areas, would commence soon.
A traditional ruler, Onigbeti of Igbeti, said that the palace conducts regular sensitization for the locals on the essence of collaborating with security agents and the need to avoid harbouring smugglers is important.
The Nigeria Customs Service has warned Nigerians to be wary of the consumption of contaminated rice that could be illegally smuggled into the country through neighbouring African countries.
The area comptroller Oyo/Oshun command of Customs, Richard Oteri, who gave the warning at the headquarters of the command in Ibadan on Saturday, told Channels Television exclusively that some of the rice seized from smugglers by his team were not good for consumption.
While disclosing the large seizure that was made along the Iseyin/Saki axis of Oyo State, the area comptroller advised consumers to check rice properly in the market before purchase, as some of the contaminated ones could be re-bagged and sold to Nigerians.
Oteri pointed out that smugglers may use the festive season to perpetuate their nefarious activities and bring in contraband goods, but he stressed that the command was “ready to make sure they do not succeed”.
A total of 1,300 bags of 50kg rice with a duty paid value of 16 million Naira were seized by the crack team led by Alajogun Joseph.
Oteri further stated that the importation of rice through Nigeria’s sea ports was the only allowed form of importation. “All those importers who bring in rice through neighbouring African countries will continue to be treated as smugglers with the full weight of the law bearing on them,” he said..