The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has seized fake, sub-standard and unwholesome drugs, cosmetics and medical device worth N2,650,000 at Akanu Ibiam international Airport in Enugu.
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Enugu by Mr John Okwori, Deputy Director and Head, Ports Inspection Directorate (PID) on Wednesday.
Okwori said that the recently seized items were imported from China, USA and Dublin in Ireland, adding that the items were seized in the interest of safeguarding public health.
According to him, our surveillance and vigilance operations have been helpful at these seizures.
“All the illicit consignments were abandoned by their respective importers,’’ he said.
The director noted that the seized consignments included: cartons of Isner Mile Minoxidil Hair Spray imported from China estimated to be N200,000 and One carton of unlabeled off-white powdery substance estimated to worth N500,000 from China.
Others are: two big bags of Eomay Toothbrush for children estimated N450,000 from China; two traveling bags with donated drugs and medical devices from USA estimated to worth N500,000 and nine travel bags of medical device estimated to be N1,000,000.
“NAFDAC is working relentlessly to ensure that the airport especially Akanu Ibiam International Airport will not be used by unscrupulous businessmen and women to import injurious and unwholesome items to Nigerians.
“The Agency will continue its strict surveillance at the airport and make it impossible for those importing fake, sub-standard and unwholesome drugs, cosmetics, medical device etc to move their illicit consignments,’’ he assured.