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NDLEA hands over 5,580kg expired drugs to NAFDAC

The Plateau State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, on Saturday, handed over 5,580 kg of expired drugs to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control.

The drugs, including medical devices and 2,652 kg of psychotropic substances, were seized from a warehouse belonging to one Jude Okoye in Jos, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

The State Commander, NDLEA, Ibrahim Braji, while handing over the substances to NAFDAC, described Okoye as “a notorious psychotropic drug dealer.”

Braji added that the agency also seized syringes, intravenous injection liquids and newly printed labels with new dates of production and expiration.

The commander alleged that Okoye, popularly known as Zuma, owned a patent medicine store named Zuma Pharmacy, which he allegedly used to disguise his nefarious act of peddling the controlled drugs.

Braji said, “All the drugs in his possession are controlled drugs and he doesn’t have the qualification or licence to sell, because he is a patent medicine dealer. It has to be dispensed by a pharmacist with prescription from a medical doctor.”

The commander alleged that Okoye had been convicted three times for the same offence.

He appealed to the public to cooperate with the agency in its efforts to rid the state of traffickers.

The Assistant Chief Regulatory Officer, NAFDAC, Gabriel Phillip, who received the substances, alleged that Okoye was convicted in October 2015 for being in possession of unregistered and expired drugs during a routine NAFDAC surveillance.

Philip said the expired drugs, allegedly worth N2m, were confiscated from Okoye’s shop and destroyed, adding that the suspect wrote a letter of undertaking to desist from the nefarious act after his conviction in 2015 and was sentenced to three years in prison with an option of N200,000 fine.

According to the NAFDAC officer, Okoye paid the fine and avoided jail term.

Source: The Punch

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