The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Thursday destroyed fake, substandard and expired drugs estimated at N1 billion at Shagamu Local Government dump site in Ogun State.
The agency’s Acting Director-General, Mrs. Yetunde Oni said the exercise was to prevent the re-introduction of such products in the market by unscrupulous people.
Oni, represented by the Director, Investigation and Enforcement of the agency, Kingsley Ejiofor, said some of the products were seized by the agency’s Investigation and Enforcement Directorate in Lagos and its environs while others were handed voluntarily to NAFDAC between December 2014 and last month.
She described drug counterfeiting as an act of economic sabotage and terrorism against public health.
Nigerians, she said, should be watchful of drugs, food and other regulated product they buy, especially as they go into the Easter season.
Beside this, they should also report any suspicious activities within their environment to the agency.
She praised the agency for ensuring that a counterfeiter was sentenced to seven year jail term without an option of fine.
“We commend the judiciary for its support in the protection of public health,” Oni said.
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