Northern Nigerian Breaking News

NAFDAC arraigns three suspects for manufacturing fake drugs in Kano

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has arraigned three suspects and a company before a federal high court in Kano for manufacturing, distributing, and selling fake children’s medicines.

The suspects – Amao Gideon, Alumona Okwiludili, Hillary Chigozie, and Giddyson Healthcare Limited – pleaded not guilty to the five-count charge on Friday.

Simon Amobeda, the presiding judge, fixed June 14 for the bail application and June 20 for the hearing.

Mojisola Adeyeye, director-general (DG) of the agency, said the syndicate had been involved in the manufacturing and sale of several falsified medicines.

Kasim Ibrahim, the coordinator of NAFDAC in Kano, spoke on behalf of Adeyeye shortly after the court sitting.

elsamad new

READ ALSO: REPORT: In eight years, Nigerian ex-governor, Ikpeazu allegedly diverted N1.9 trillion 

Some of the medicines include Asian Ampicillin 125mg + Cloxacillin 125mg/5ml powder for oral suspension for children (zero active ingredients), Asian Ampicillin 125 mg/5ml powder for suspension for children ( zero active ingredient), Erythromycin 125mg/5ml powder for suspension for children (zero active ingredients), and Artil-Go (Artemether 20 mg + Lumefantrine 120 mg/5ml) powder for suspension for children (zero active ingredients).

Adeyeye noted that all the drugs were mere powders without any active ingredients required for healing or curing a patient.

“For clarity, from the NAFDAC Kaduna laboratory services testing, there is no trace of medicine in the formulations. This puts the patient in danger of treatment failure and possible death,” she said.

READ ALSO: Kano inmates want gov’t to provide educational programmes in prisons

“In addition, the products were not registered by NAFDAC; the numbers on the products are fake, so is the manufacturer’s address on the label.”

She added that NAFDAC had sealed the illegal factory, which is located in Tafa town, Tafa LGA, of Niger state.

Adeyeye said the illicit trade was uncovered following intelligence gathering and a discrete investigation that led to the arrest of the suspects.



Comments are closed.