NAFDAC warns that drug peddlers present a severe threat to national security

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) recently issued a statement that shined light on a worrisome issue: drug hawkers playing a substantial part in the distribution and supply of narcotic drugs to criminal networks. These criminal networks, according to NAFDAC, include armed bandits, rebels, kidnappers, and armed robbers.

Prof. Moji Christianah Adeyeye, Director-General of NAFDAC, raised the alarm about this emerging threat during a one-day media awareness workshop on the dangers of drug hawking and the ripening of fruits with Calcium Carbide.

The North-East Zone of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) successfully hosted a sensitization session in Bauchi yesterday in order to enhance awareness and promote public health.

She voiced severe alarm about the unlawful trade in a statement, highlighting its enormous impact on our nation’s security.

In a shocking revelation, she revealed that the majority of pharmaceuticals on the market fail to meet the high quality, safety, and efficacy criteria established by pharmaceutical industry laws.

She stated unequivocally that the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) will continue its unflinching efforts to abolish the illicit trade.

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According to the individual, medicines are delicate and vital things that should not be sold in public places such as streets, parking lots, or open marketplaces because they are not regular commodities. It has come to our attention that the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) is adopting a tough stance against drug peddlers. According to reports, anyone caught engaging in illegal trading will face serious consequences. According to our sources, these perpetrators will be prosecuted and may face incarceration for an extended period of time. To counteract this issue, NAFDAC’s Enforcement Officers have launched a coordinated statewide campaign. In its mission to eradicate the distribution of illegal substances, the agency is leaving no stone untouched.

Authorities have made it clear in a strong statement that no wrongdoer will escape the full weight of the law. In an appeal for help, we request the collaboration and support of various law enforcement authorities, journalists, and concerned Nigerians in order to remove this harmful and shameful practice that afflicts our country.

In a recent statement, Adeyeye, represented by Dr. Leonard Omokpariola, Director of Chemical Evaluation and Research at NAFDAC, emphasized Nigerians’ growing concern about the urgent need for strict regulatory measures to address the alarming rise of drug hawkers and the sale of ripened fruits treated with Calcium Carbide.

She lamented the frightening behaviors of unscrupulous persons, including the trafficking of counterfeit pharmaceuticals and the artificial ripening of fruits using dangerous chemicals, in a troubling statement. These techniques have proven to be extremely hazardous, resulting in the tragic loss of innocent lives.

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