NAFDAC Seizes Banned Products Worth over ₦20m, Arrests 4 Suspects in Sokoto

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has intercepted banned products worth over ₦20 million in a raid across Old, Kara, Central Markets among others in Sokoto State.

NAFDAC in a post on X, formerly Twitter on Tuesday stated that the operation conducted by the Investigation and Enforcement/Federal Task Force on fake drugs and unwholesome processed foods led to the arrest of four suspects.

The agency disclosed that seventeen (17) shops were screened and several cartons of Endocoton Super containing banned Paraquat were confiscated.

(Photo Credit: @NafdacAgency on X)

It explained that Paraquat is a highly toxic herbicide that poses significant health risks and environmental hazards.

“Additionally, the raid resulted in the seizure of 2,096 cartons of SF MOE Soap and 223 cartons of SF Oxxo Purest Soap.

“Several unregistered herbal preparations with pornographic pictorials, posing a notable risk to public health, were also removed.”

(Photo Credit: @NafdacAgency on X)

NAFDAC said that the arrested suspects are under investigation, noting that the confiscated products will be processed according to regulations for ‘substandard & falsified products.’

It reiterated its ban on Paraquat agrochemicals and vowed to enforce the ban rigorously.

The agency also urged the public to report suspicious activities or products to the nearest NAFDAC office in order to help combat the distribution of dangerous and illegal products.

Hope Ejairu

Hope Ejairu is a writer, sports analyst and journalist, with publications on print and digital media. He holds certifications in various media/journalism trainings, including AFP.

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