NAFDAC arrests importer of adulterated insecticides
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has recorded a major feat in its fight against importation and distribution of counterfeit and adulterated products with the arrest in Lagos of a recalcitrant and unremorseful syndicate, who specialises in the importation of adulterated insecticides.
The suspect, Obumnene Okpala, was arrested at Block 188, Plot 2054, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos on October 16 with 1,539 cartoons of Royal Dream and 52 cartons of Kilit insecticides recovered from him by a team of NAFDAC investigation and enforcement officers.
Parading the suspect before newsmen in Lagos, the acting Director General of the agency, Mr. Ademola Mogbojuri, put the market value of the recovered products, which also include 333 cartoons of Read-A-Dream and 281 cartoons of Kilit insecticides at over N50 million.
Mogbojuri said the suspect, who was first arrested in 2015 for importation of fake and unwholesome 40ft container of Kilit insecticide through Onne Port in Port Harcourt, wrote a notarized undertaking that he would not engage in the importation and distribution of fake, unwholesome and adulterated NAFDAC regulated products again.
He, however, lamented that the suspect refused to change from his evil acts but changed tactics, while investigation was still ongoing in the case, leading to his re-arrest following a tip-off by a concerned citizen.
The NAFDAC boss, who stressed that the suspect was not prosecuted in 2015 because the evidence was compromised, assured that he would be prosecuted for his crime this time around.
He also promised to liaise with international organisations like Interpol to get the root of the issue as the products originate from China.
While re-assuring the public of the resolve of the agency to sustain the fight against counterfeiters and smugglers of NAFDAC regulated products, he appealed to members of the public to report any suspicious activity relating to adulterated products around their environment to the nearest NAFDAC office.
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