NAFDAC uncovers fake drug factory in Onitsha

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has said it has seized N20 million worth of fake drugs from an illegal factory in Onitsha, Anambra.

Benson Kine, the deputy director of NAFDAC Special Zonal Office, Onitsha, disclosed this on Tuesday in Onitsha,

The deputy director said that the illegal factory had been functioning as a family cottage business.

Mr. Kine said that the factory was discovered, following a tip-off from a public-spirited individual, at No 7 Commercial Avenue, Federal Housing Estate, Fegge in Onitsha.

The deputy director said that a combined team of NAFDAC and the police caught one Chinyere Okolichukwu during the raid on the premises.

Mrs. Okolichukwu said that her husband owned the house and the business while one Collins Okeke, worked for them. Both Mrs. Okolichukwu and Mr. Okeke were arrested during the raid.

The fake drugs and the quantities recovered include: Minadex Tonic and Multi-Vitamin for Children (100 cartons containing a dozen 200 millilitres bottles) and Merit Liquid Quinine (17 cartons containing 40
bottles each).

Others are: Festdrine (Anti-malarial) -16 cartons containing 100 100millilitre-bottles; Glibebenclanide (Anti-malaria) – 37 cartons containing 1,000 tablets each and Geofage 500 (Anti-Diabetic) – 70
cartons of 500 tablets each.

The equipment include three hot-air-gum machines for shrink wrapping, two cartons sealing machines, improvised vice device for printing numbers and a nylon sealing machines.

Additionally a full keg of eForce Forte, rolls of taper prove nylons, five sack filled empty pack of Merit Quinine and insert labels containing fake NAFDAC numbers and manufacturer addresses

Mr. Kine said that the husband of the woman had been at large after the enforcement team raided their house and confiscated the fake drugs and the equipment.

“We are yet to get her husband, who, Mrs Chinyere Okolichukwu alleged, owns the house and the illegal factory”.

“The man also undertakes the marketing of the fake drugs and procures materials for their manufacturing”.

“From available sales receipt recovered from them, they supply the products to Idumota Market, Lagos; Kano and Maiduguri in Borno”.

He said they have been in the business for some years now.

Mr. Kine said that the suspects had been transferred to the agency’s Investigation Directorate in Lagos for further investigation and prosecution.

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