The Nationwide Company for Meals and Drug Administration and Management (NAFDAC) and the Authorities of the Republic of Benin intercepted and destroyed 5 containers of unregistered medication, together with tramadol, value N95 billion .
The company, in a Monday, January 23, 2023 assertion, mentioned the event adopted 4 and a half years of monitoring with the assistance of the Benin authorities.
“Following a presidency intelligence report, NAFDAC Director Common Prof. Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye in August 2018 directed Port Inspection Department Director Prof. Samson B. Adebayo on the intention of some unscrupulous importers to ship thirty-one (31) containers of unregistered prescription drugs together with tramadol 200mg and above from India. The containers had been labeled as constructing supplies and bonded terminal” , the assertion mentioned.
The company mentioned that whereas some containers contained constructing supplies, others contained unregistered medication.
“One container was transferred to Cotonou Port in Benin Republic, whereas the opposite 4 had been initially diverted to Tema Port in Ghana however later diverted to Cotonou after encountering resistance from Ghana Meals and Drug Company that NAFDAC had already contacted to collaborate in stopping the 4 (4) containers,” the company mentioned.
“The Director Common of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, then liaised with the Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Benin on the time, His Excellency, Kayode Oguntuase, who labored tirelessly to make sure that the port authority of the Republic of Benin carried out the seizure of the 5 containers on the request of NAFDAC.
“His successor, His Excellency Olukayode O. Aluko, has by no means wavered in his efforts to make sure that all these 5 (5) containers are handed over to NAFDAC for destruction.
“In the meantime, the opposite twenty-four containers, an entity took the matter to court docket in Benin to have the containers introduced again to Nigeria. It took a couple of yr and extra, however Ambassador Aluko stayed on. the case till the court docket renders the judgment that the containers could be destroyed in Benin.
“Alas, the federal government of the Republic of Benin lastly agreed to have interaction with its Nigerian counterparts to proceed with the destruction of those containers in Cotonou”.