The Acting Director General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Mrs. Yetunde Oni, announced on Thursday that NAFDAC arrested a local manufacturing firm operating with a fake version of its registration documents.
She announced this in Lagos while briefing journalists about the enforcement activities of the agency in the last one week. She said that an intelligence report by the agency’s Pharmacovigilance and Post Marketing Surveillance Directorate had uncovered a facility suspected to be producing Lamjib Herbal Medicine using a fake NAFDAC registration number.
Upon this discovery, she said the NAFDAC enforcement team raided the company located at Mile 12 area of Lagos owned by one Abubakar Ibrahim. She said, “During interrogation, the suspect claimed that the product was duly registered with NAFDAC and even tendered registration certificate to the investigators. Investigation further revealed that the NAFDAC registration certificate is fake.
“Yahaya Tanimu perpetrated the forgery in collaboration with two others, Ibrahim a.k.a Lamido and Idris Adamu (prime suspect). “Adamu based in Sokoto, was said to have designed the NAFDAC certificate using a computer, printed and way-billed it to Ibrahim a.k.a Lamido in Kaduna who filled in all necessary information and signed. He further confessed to have received N100, 000 from the N150, 000 given by the client.”
She added that investigation into the case was ongoing.
The NAFDAC boss also said the agency carried out some investigation into illegal distribution and sales of suspected counterfeit Read-a-Dream insecticides and hair relaxers in Edo and Delta states during the same period, as well as illegal production, distribution and sales of counterfeit Tasty Time Glucozaid energy drink, a pass-off of lucozade energy drink.
Oni disclosed that the agency had over 60 cases of fake documentation at various stages of prosecution in the courts.
She said, “NAFDAC is therefore taking steps to arrest the use of fake NAFDAC registration numbers on regulated products; forgery of NAFDAC documents and other hidden activities on finished products through renewed enforcement drive and post registration/market surveillance.
“Currently, the agency is participating in the Interpol and Regional Investigative Case Meeting on Pharmaceutical Crime. The meeting is aimed at bringing countries within the region together to adopt a common strategy in the fight against substandard and falsified medical and other unwholesome products.