Crime Updated: April 21, 2024

PHOTOS: Fake NIVEA, Harpic, other products worth N50m seized in NAFDAC's Abuja operation

By Adekunle Obas
April 21, 2024

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), this week conducted a series of raids on several popular supermarkets and markets in Abuja, including Sahad Stores and H-Medix in Wuse 2 and Gwarinpa.

These enforcement efforts were extended to markets in Garki, Wuse, Utako, Kugbo, Nyanya, and Mararaba, resulting in the seizure of counterfeit products.

During the operation, counterfeit cosmetics and drugs were uncovered and confiscated.

Among the counterfeit products discovered were fake NIVEA products, Jik bleach, Harpic toilet cleaner, and Airwick room freshener.


These counterfeit items were found at Sahad Stores, H-Medix, and various other markets in the region.

Also, counterfeit drugs were seized at Utako market.

The total value of the seized goods amounted to N50 million, with counterfeit NIVEA products alone valued at ₦45 million.

Mr. Embugushiki-Musa Godiya, Head of Investigation and Enforcement/Federal Taskforce, FCT, Abuja, expressed concern over the sale of substandard products, particularly counterfeit NIVEA cream, which was being sold at higher prices than approved products.

According to the commission on its offical X account on Sunday, the health risks posed by such counterfeit goods, including the potential for cancer, kidney damage, and skin rashes.


"NAFDAC reaffirms its commitment to rooting out counterfeit syndicates and safeguarding public health," the statement read.




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