The National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Aba Special Zone, has decried the proliferation of adulterated consumer goods in Aba, Abia State.
Festus Anumba, the Deputy Director of NAFDAC in the zone, told newsmen on Friday in Umuahia that the development is worrisome.
Mr. Anumba said that the quantum of adulterated products seized by men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) at Eziukwu Market, Aba requires drastic actions against fake products.
He said that it has become imperative for all security agencies to synergise to rid the state of fake and adulterated products.
He said that NAFDAC has been at the forefront of raiding markets to make sure Abia is free from such deadly goods.
“There should also be a synergy amongst security agencies to get the fake products out of the markets,” Mr. Anumba said.
Nathaniel Ubong, the Abia State Commandant of the NSCDC, while handing over the adulterated products and suspects over to NAFDAC, expressed worry over the proliferation of products in Aba.
“We have not recovered half of the things we discovered at the production site because the crowd that was in sympathy with those arrested became hostile.
“They threw stones at our men and we decided to retreat to avoid crisis,” Mr. Ubong said.
Mr. Ubong said that the corps would continue to discharge its constitutional obligations to rid the state of adulterated consumer goods.
On May 31, the corps raided the market and impounded some adulterated products and some in their various stages of production.
Some of the items impounded included insecticides, wine, gin, cups, whisky, tea, among others.
Eight suspects, including a woman, were arrested in connection with the offence.