Suspected fakers of NAFDAC registration numbers nabbed in Lagos, Edo

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

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.

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