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News - North Central - FCT Updated: April 19, 2024

NAFDAC raids multiple Abuja locations, seizes counterfeit goods

By Philip Adeboye
April 19, 2024
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In Abuja, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) conducted a series of raids targeting counterfeit products. 

Sahad stores, a prominent supermarket, was among the establishments raided.

Also, H-Medix outlets in Wuse 2 and Gwarinpa, as well as Utako market, were inspected. Counterfeit cosmetics were seized at H-Medix, while fake drugs were found at Utako market.

Embugushiki-Musa Godiya, head of NAFDAC's investigation and enforcement team in Abuja, stated that the raids were prompted by intelligence reports received from concerned citizens. 

Operations also extended to markets in Nyanya and Mararaba in Nasarawa State, as well as Wuse Market, resulting in the seizure of goods worth millions of naira over three days.

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“We have been able to successfully recover some of the counterfeit products, evacuate them for destruction. Our concern is one of the products, purported to be NIVEA NAFDAC regulated product, but it is not.

“The most shocking to me is that such substandard NIVEA cream and other cosmetics are even more expensive than the ones approved by NAFDAC, this is criminal.

“The market value of what we have seen so far for drug hawking is N5 million, and for the NIVEA products, other cosmetics and other products including Jik bleach, Harpic toilet cleaner and Airwick room freshener, all counterfeit in large quantity, valued at N45 million.

“The total value of all the goods seized during the operation is N50 million”, the head of operations said.

He said such counterfeit products could cause cancer to the body, damage the kidney and rashes.

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He urged perpetrators of such acts to desist from it, stressing that “NAFDAC enforcement will make sure it gets to the root of the syndicate that imports these products.”

He said the agency has zero tolerance to compromised standard, adding that “NAFDAC will arrest whosoever is involved in this crime.”

He called on Nigerians to be careful with the kind of products they buy, always watch out for NAFDAC registration number before they buy.

Godiya also urged Nigerians to stop patronising drug hawkers for their safety, saying, “people must shine their eyes before they purchase any product.”

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