Customs blocks N9m fake malaria drug in Edo State


Artesunate injection zensunate, worth N9 million was intercepted by the Federal Operations Unit, Zone C,of the the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) as fake malaria drugs along the Benin-Ore road.

In a press statement by the public relations officer, FOU Zone C, Jerry Attah, he said the contrabands intercepted between July and August in the zone are worth N120 million.

Attah, in the statement said the Customs Area Controller, Compt. Yusuf Lawal, listed other contraband seized to include 130 bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice valued at N5.4 milion and 2,181 cartons of foreign cosmetic products without  National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), registration numbers valued at N76 million intercepted along the Okada/ Benin express way.

According to the Comptroller, the cosmetic products included 457 cartons of simple sensitive skin expert; 790 cartons of facial wash, 232 cartons of Carotone Cream, 574 cartons of various brands of cosmetics and 128 cartons of Revlon Almay Godess Gloss.

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Other seized items are 440 cartons of Artesunate injection zensunate without NAFDAC number worth N9 milion intercepted along the Okada – Benin expressway, 449 cartons of fan pop sweets worth N7.5 million intercepted along the Lagos – Benin expressway and 161 jumbo bales of used clothing valued at N23 million that were intercepted along the Enugu- Port -Hacourt expressway.

The comptroller who urged Nigerians to be wary of fake and smuggled products said that they are not only hazardous to human health but also to the economy of Nigeria. He added that his men and officers are fully prepared and equipped to combat all nefarious activities of smugglers especially with the festive ember months by the corner.

He thanked sister agencies as well as the media and the Comptroller-General, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali for their hollistic support to the Service and pledged to continously checkmate the activities of  smugglers in line with his constitutional mandate so as to reduce smuggling in the zone to its barest minimum.

“We urge Nigerians to confirm the quality of a product before purchasing it for use because so many medicinal and cosmetic products are being smuggled into the country without a NAFDAC number.

“Those who use non NAFDAC certified cosmetic products stand the risk of skin cancer just as those who consume antimalarial drugs without a NAFDAC number are only experimenting with their lives.”

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