NATIONAL Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, in Enugu State said it has confiscated unwholesome and unregistered sedative drugs worth N25 million. State Co-coordinator of the agency, Mr Ikechukwu Okoye, told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on Monday that the agency was able to achieve this through collaboration with the state command of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS. “To the glory of God; what really happened is inter-
departmental (agency) co-operation. Customs in Enugu called us that they intercepted this (controlled drug) via (Dizapam) Cameroon border were they found a controlled drug. “They called us to come and check if it was within our jurisdiction; we checked it, we found out that the product was not registered by NAFDAC and the person (importer) was bringing it in illegally. “So they handed it over to us to be destroyed. The comptroller said they were bringing it in via the land border in Cross River. They intercepted it in Cross River and brought it to Enugu, Enugu happens
to be their (customs) headquarters.’’ He, however, said the importer of the seized drugs was at large, adding that the agency and customs officials were making concerted efforts to apprehend him. The co-ordinator warned members of the public to be wary of the products they buy. “The key thing is being watchful over what one buys and ensuring that each product has a NAFDAC number. Members of the public should also check the expiring and manufacturing dates of the products that are always written closely together.’’ (NAN)

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