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NAFDAC, Police nab businessman over fake products

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NAFDAC, Police nab businessman over fake products


Enforcement Officers of the National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and police detectives, on Thursday, in Lagos, made a major breakthrough in the fight against fake drugs with the arrest of a Lagos-based businessman (names withheld), alleged to be involved in the adulteration of some cosmetic products in the country.

Enforcement Officers of the National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and police detectives, on Thursday, in Lagos, made a major breakthrough in the fight against fake drugs with the arrest of a Lagos-based businessman (names withheld), alleged to be involved in the adulteration of some cosmetic products in the country.

The team seized adulterated products valued at over N10 billion during a raid on his warehouses in Festac and Trade Fair Complex, Lagos.

The suspect, according to police sources, is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of two companies, alleged to be faking the patented products of some countries, especially from Asia.

Police sources said his illegal activities blew open when marketers of the popular

Ten-0-Six Deep Pure Cleanser and Ten-0-Six soap complained to the genuine producers of how their fake products had flooded the Nigerian market by unknown producers.

The products, reportedly lodged complaints to the police and NAFDAC whose operatives traced the fake products to the suspect’s company.

While tracing the products, they discovered them in large quantities in a warehouse at Alaba International Market where they were promptly seized.

Other adulterated products found by the operatives included, Asepso antiseptic soap, 5-ways Beauty Care Body Cream and Gentelle Intensive Lotion.

It was learnt that during the raid, some of the fake products, which were already loaded in containers for onward distribution, were intercepted even as efforts are in top gear to trace the location of another batch of container-load of the products.

The spokesperson for NAFDAC, Mrs. Christiana Obiziakwo, was not forthcoming when contacted on the matter as she simply said: “if there is a case like that, it should be with the monitoring team and the police at Alagbon.”

But the spokesman for the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Alagbon Close who simply gave his name as Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Archibong, confirmed the arrest and said the suspect had been granted bail.

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