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NAFDAC arrests fake drug dealers in Benin




The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), yesterday arrested several traders in Benin city, who engage in the illicit business of fake, expired and controlled drugs, declaring the state a no go area for these merchants of death.

Edo Coordinator of NAFDAC, Mr David West, who led the enforcement operations held simultaneously in Benin and Auchi, said that hundreds of cartons of different brands of choice and assorted alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks were seized from various shops located across different locations in the state.

In the raid, which led to the sealing up of many shops, many cartons of fake brands of Tramadol, a controlled drug and several other cartons of expired drugs such as Febecap, Augmentine, were seized from the patent medicine shop located in Benin city and its environs in the state.
West who disclosed that the enforcement is an on-going process noted that NAFDAC is worried about the rate of fake products in the country.

He said that the enforcement operation was to ensure that members of the public “buy and consume wholesome food and drugs products”.
Among those arrested in various parts of the state for trading in expired and controlled drugs includes, a patent medicine shop owner in Auchi, Mr Ifeanyi Okeke .


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