NAFDAC intercepts N3m drugs in Abuja market

The hawkers violated the law against open hawking of drugs and handling sensitive drugs they are not authorised to sell, a NAFDAC official said.

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, said on Wednesday that it seized drugs worth N3 million from hawkers at Karmo Market in Abuja.

This is contained in a statement by the agency and signed by Abubakar Jimoh, the Acting Director of Special Duties.

“Also seized from the hawkers are controlled drugs like Tramoldine, which is a popularly abused medicine by drug addicts and various brands of aphrodisiacs,” he said.

The official said some of the drugs were not carrying NAFDAC registration number.

“NAFDAC officials arrested the drug hawkers while the man who is alleged to be the main supplier of the drugs is on the run.

“The officials broke into the warehouse following a tip-off and carted away different brands of drugs which were illegally stored in the warehouse under unhygienic and bad storage conditions,” he said.

Mr. Jimoh stated that the drugs were analgesics, antibiotics and aphrodisiacs.
He said the hawkers violated the law against open hawking of drugs and handling sensitive drugs they are not authorised to sell.

Mr. Jimoh said the raid was led by the Assistant Chief Regulatory Officer of the agency’s Abuja’s office, Mohammed Bashir.
He said Mr. Bashir condemned the practice of open sale of drugs under harsh weather conditions which could alter the potency and render the medicine inefficacious.

“The practice of hawking drugs deteriorates the drugs, affecting their active ingredients and also affecting their potency. This is why we carry out regular raids in all the markets, so as to rid the markets of such illegal drug merchants.

“The Karmo market is located in one of the most densely populated and poorest areas of the FCT,” he said.

Mr. Bashir explained that the hawkers stockpiled the drugs in wooden shacks carrying no identification about the nature of the business, just to evade detection by NAFDAC.

(NAN)

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