faces five charges in Kano – Radio Nigeria Lagos

faces five charges in Kano – Radio Nigeria Lagos

Today, Friday, June 7, 2024, the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has indicted three syndicates involved in the production, distribution and sale of various counterfeit drugs.

They are Asian Ampicillin 125mg + Cloxacillin 125mg/5ml Powder for Oral Suspension for Children – No Active Ingredients.

Asian Ampicillin 125 mg/5 ml powder for suspension for children – No active ingredient

Erythromycin 125 mg/5 ml powder for suspension for children – No active ingredient

Artil-Go (Artemether 20 mg + Lumefantrine 120 mg/5ml) suspension for children – No active ingredient

Professor Mojisola Adeyeye gave the names of those arraigned before the Federal High Court, Kano, as: “Amao Gideon, Alumona Godwin Okwiludili, Hillary Onah Paul Chigozie and Giddyson Healthcare Limited on a five-count indictment for manufacturing, selling and distribution of substandard and counterfeit medicines.”

According to her, the products are not registered by NAFDAC, the numbers on the products are fake, and so is the manufacturer’s address on the label, adding that the illegal factory, located in Tafa town and Tafa local government , in the State of Niger has been sealed “

“Their illegal trade was discovered following information and discreet investigations that led to their arrest,” said Prof

She stressed that the agency’s efforts to rid the Nigerian market of substandard and counterfeit drugs is an ongoing effort as lives are at stake as the offenders attempt to profit from their nefarious trade in illegal drugs.

The Agency is aware that they will continue to try, but we are determined to get ahead of them and ensure that they will leave no stone unturned in their pursuit of those who chose to profit from your lives as a people. In reality, they pose an existential threat to us and our loved ones.” Adeeye said

She emphasized that NAFDAC has a zero-tolerance policy towards substandard and adulterated medicines. “We crave the cooperation of all well-meaning Nigerians and lovers of humanity in this fight – asking the people to speak up if they see anything” and insisting that “together we can rid our society from the menace of substandard and counterfeit medicines’.

Kasim Idrisa Ibrahim, Kano State Coordinator who presented Professor Mojisola Adeyey’s message, expressed dismay that the contents of the medicine meant to protect the person were not present, meaning only powder, bottle and water.

‘All medicines are actually for the vulnerable group, namely children.’ When asked if they all pleaded guilty, Kasim said they all pleaded not guilty and the charges are five.

Commenting on what will happen to the suspects if found guilty, the Deputy Director of Legal Affairs representing the agency, Barr Abutu Oche Mathias, said: “Out of the five charges, three are of forgery and the punishment is under the charge is a fine not exceeding five million (5 million) naira and imprisonment for a term not exceeding eighteen years (18 years).

The other two counts fall under the Food and Drug Act, registered as CAP F32 and F33. The penalty under this particular law is actually fifty thousand naira (50,000) and then two years imprisonment, which shall not exceed.” Abutoe

According to him, the first two-thirds will receive five million naira (5 million euros) and then a prison sentence of up to 15 years or both. These are the sentences charged against them today.

When asked how to stop the numerous activities, NAFDAC Deputy Director, Investigation and Enforcement Officer Northern Zone, Mr Andrew Jabador, said one of the ways is to punish them for the crime to deter others.

“Always look for products registered with the agency and report those that are not.” adding that when you choose a product it says PO. Box, it is fake because NAFDAC does not accept PO Box as a business address”. He warned

Julie Ekong

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