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Whistle blower helps NAFDAC uncover N200m fake products

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National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has uncovered fake and unregistered products worth about N200 million.

The NAFDAC Acting Director-General, Mrs. Yetunde Oni, who disclosed this at a conference in Lagos yesterday, said investigation officers of the agency had, through a whistle blower’s report, discovered a building at 11 Omotosho Crescent, off Ewedana Street, Tollgate, Ota in Ogun State where production of bitters with fake NAFDAC registration numbers were produced.

Oni, who spoke through the Director of Investigation and Enforcement, Kingsley Ejiofor, said the building was a five-bedroom apartment bungalow with two residential rooms, while the other three rooms, the living room and the kitchen were used for production of unregistered, deceptive and counterfeit products, including, Merry Jedi Plus, Bitter Cleanser and Rock Well Herbal Bitter.

The NAFDAC boss, who gave the name of the owner as Mr. Innocent Merry Iloabuchi, explained that the goods were being produced in a dirty environment by unqualified personnel without Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP).

According to her, empty plastic bottlers, caps, car- tons and sticker labels of another product, Stone Cream Liqueur, were also found in the facility, while the addresses on the labels of all the products were fake.

Oni said the agency also raided Ogbaru Relief market in Onitsha, Anambra State, where NAFDAC detectives discovered several shops used for the production, distribution, sale and storage of fake and counterfeit alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks of various popular brands valued at over N200 million.

These drinks, she noted, were produced by manual mixing in plastic buckets and filled into bottles under unhygienic conditions within the market premises, some of which include popular brands like Moet, Chandon wine, St. Remmy Brandy, 501 Brandy, Pure Heaven Sparkling Drinks and Jalone Cognac wine. Six suspects, the DG said, were arrested and interrogated during the raid, while investigation was ongoing.

According to her, the consumption of these counterfeit drinks may lead to liver cirrhosis, kidney failure and cancer.

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Kingdom Wealth Multipurpose Society debuts

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Kingdom Wealth Multipurpose Society (KWMS) will be inaugurated tomorrow in Akure, the Ondo State capital. KWMS is a poverty alleviation and empowerment programme aimed at lifting the people. The occasion will also witness the inauguration of the South-West coordinators of the programme during which Chief Adewale Omojuwa, the Adetolugbo of Ugbo Kingdom, will be decorated as the grand patron and Dr. Alatishe Mike as the regional director.

The event, which begins at 9a.m., is expected to draw to Akure, government officials and many dignitaries from both the public and the private sectors of the economy. The organisers said KWMS was established to provide succour for Nigerians and a channel for the growth and development of the Nigerian economy.

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Customs engages officers on professional handling of arms

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Seme Command of the Nigerian Customs Service has engaged its officers on more professional approach in the handling and usage of arms through a combat training. Speaking during the retraining exercise conducted by the Nigerian Army, 243 Recce Battalion, Badagry, Lagos for the officers, the Area Comptroller, Mohammed Aliyu, said the event was to equip his officers with all the necessary knowledge and skills in handling and usage of arms.

The comptroller said the exercise would help the customs’ officers to deal with challenges that they might face in the course of discharging their duties. Aliyu said that the command had indicated his readiness to reward excellent performance among officers as motivational incentives to ensure strict compliance to our extant laws and the service operational golden rules while discharging their responsibilities.

He warned officers and men of the command not to compromise the standard set by the service but should be committed to the implementation of government fiscal policies especially now that their services are most needed. Aliyu said that the service was ready to explore all avenues in order to ensure that the target for the year was not only met but exceeded. The comptroller re-stated that the anti-smuggling drive of the command was well fortified against smugglers.

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Two arrested for murder of guard

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Detectives attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Lagos, have arrested two suspects in connection with the murder of a security man during a robbery operation at MP Manufacturers, Lekki. The suspects, it was learnt, scaled the fence of the company located on Plot 25, Bisola Durotimi Drive, Lekki, Phase 2, recently.

It was also learnt that the suspects made straight for the guard’s stand immediately they gained access into the company, demanding laptops which were newly delivered to the company. One of the guards, Abubakar Isiaka, who struggled with the robbers, was stabbed in the ribs and waist. His shout for help attracted his colleagues who rushed to the scene, to find the dying guard in a pool of blood while the robbers had escaped.

Isiaka died at the hospital, following the injury sustained in the attack. Police sources said when the information of the robbery got to the state Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, he directed the Special Investigation Bureau (SIB) to investigate the case and bring the perpetrators to book. Consequently, the duo of Daniel John (25) and Collins Archibong (25), both from Cross Rivers State, were arrested via the network service provider of the phone stolen from the deceased. During interrogation, the suspects admitted to the crime. One of the suspects, John, said the victim was killed unintentionally.

He said: “We went there just to steal. But by the time we got there, we met the guard sleeping. But he woke up and engaged us and at the same time held me and Archibong. He was very strong. We stabbed him because he almost overpowered us. We went away with his phone and sold it for N90,000.

I got N30,000, Collins got N20,00 while the third person, Bassey, got N40,000. “We had forgotten about the operation and were going about our normal work as security guards at Lekki Residential Security when we were arrested.” Edgal said the suspects would be arraigned soon. The commissioner also warned criminals to either stop and turn a new leaf or leave the state for good.

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