Akwa Ibom Police, NAFDAC Smash Fake Bread Syndicate

The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) working in collaboration with the Police has smashed a syndicate specializing in producing unwholesome bread with pirated materials in Akwa Ibom State.

Although the prime suspect, simply identified as Emeka is on the run, no fewer than four persons were arrested when the Police stormed the factory at Ekpemiong Itak community in Ikono Local Government Area of the State.

Worried by the development, officials of NAFDAC have sealed the depot, carting away hundreds of fake breads, including fake wrappers and labels of other quality breads with which he used as cover to sell his illicit bread.

The Senior Regulatory Officer (SPO), Mr. Abutu Michael, who led the inspection team on behalf of the head of NAFDAC in the State, Mr. Collins Ogedegbe, admitted that such cases have been rampant in the State.

“We have been handling these kind of cases in the State”, he said, adding that the agency would stop at nothing to ensure the enforcement of quality control regime on food products in the State.

With sealing of the place, the NAFDAC SPO said investigation has begun to ascertain whether the company’s operations complied with the regulatory demands of the agency.

“We are going to check for the company’s name in our documents whether it has been registered; whether it conformed to the regulatory framework”, he explained, adding that if found guilty at the end of investigation, necessary penalties would be slammed on the suspects.

One of the bread brands faked by the company, Gestric bread, belongs to the former Deputy Governor of the State, Obong Chris Ekpenyong.

Speaking on the matter, Ekpenyong recalled that he was moved to investigate when “people started complaining that the quality of my bread is no longer what it used to be”.

“What we discovered was that this company used the name, labels and wrappers of my bread to produce his fake bread, thereby making customers to believe it is my bread.

He, therefore, urged the Police to immediately prosecute the suspects, adding that “if effective action was not taken to check the dumping of illicit foods in the country, people will continue to die of ailments from unidentified sources”.

The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in-charge of Ikot Ekpene, Mr. A.S. Bello, who confirmed the incident, said the suspects would be charged to Court.

He appealed to the civil society to compliment the services of the Police in the task of riding the society of fraudsters and criminal elements by volunteering information suspicious characters in their neighborhoods.


Source: ThisDay

BREAKING: NAFDAC Laboratory in Oshodi engulfed by Fire. [VIDEO]

The NAFDAC laboratory located in the Lagos area of Oshodi has been razed down by fire.

According to eyewitness, there was a thick smoke of just above the location of the laboratory.

The cause of the fire remains unknown as there are speculations that this might be a case of arson or most possibly, an accident.

Channels TV has also confirmed the incident in a tweet posted on their Twitter Feed.

Here’s a video of the fire incident caught on camera by an eyewitness.

NAFDAC arrests men for production of fake Peak Milk and Injections

NAFDAC, yesterday blew the lid off activities of unscrupulous individuals engaged in the forgery of the Agency’s documents, production of counterfeit alcoholic beverages, water for injection and sales of suspected counterfeit Peak Milk.

Speaking in Lagos, NAFDAC’s Acting Director General, Mrs Yetunde Oni, noted that the Agency received complaints from three countries about alleged impersonation and scams by some Nigerians who pose as staff of the Agency to process registration documents for intending importers of regulated products.

Oni explained that it was discovered that the three cases were hatched and executed by a group of an international gang of criminal headed by one Mr. Eze Okoronkwo, a resident of Aba, Abia state. .

Her words: “The syndicate had collected the sum of $13,640, while there were plans to collect further $57,720. We believe this is a tip of the iceberg.” She hinted that they have also successfully arrested 4 Nigerians who engaged in production and sales of counterfeit products. .

Oni disclosed that the agency raided the premises of one Mrs. Nkiru Okoro of Ezedams Nigeria Limited located along Kilometre 16, Badagry Expressway, Ojo, Lagos, allegedly being used as a base for the production, distribution and sales of suspected counterfeit alcoholic beverages.

She added that on February 24, one Daniel Ezekwelu was for allegedly producing fake water for injection in two compounds at Ojoto, Anambra State. She said, “During the raid, two under-aged girls were found filling and sealing the fake water for injection.

Items recovered include plastic containers, gas cylinders and packs of the fake water for injection packed as 100 to 10m vials and labelled ‘sterilised water for injection BP’, with manufacturing date of 2015 and expiry date put at 2020, and said to be produced by Hossanna Laboratories Limited, Surrey.”

A transport vehicle containing several cartons of suspected counterfeit Peak Milk from the East was intercepted by the agency as it arrived Lagos by 4am on February 17, the alleged owner, Onyekachi Ikegwonu, has been arrested.

Agriculture Ministry, NAFDAC to investigate alleged importation of garri from India

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development says it will liaise with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to investigate the alleged importation of garri from India.

Chief Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, who made this known on Wednesday in Abuja, said that it is ”strange and ridiculous” that garri would be imported when there is enough supply of cassava and garri in the country.

He said that the country produces more cassava that India, adding that Nigerians must change their attitude towards imported goods.

“I have heard of it. I will find out by tomorrow if NAFDAC indeed did certify any garri from India; unless it is some Indian companies packaging the garri here.

“Nigerians are too ready to buy anything imported. They will bring in apples and some of them have been preserved with ethanol which is not healthy for our consumption.

“Whoever is importing garri from India, something must be wrong with them. Why import garri when you do not know the conditions through which the garri was produced over there.

“ I have no powers to stop imports, but I can recommend to the Nigerian Customs that this is unreasonable. I produce and encourage Nigerians to eat what they produce because it is safer for them,’’ Ogbeh said.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that some sections of the media reported the existence of NAFDAC certified imported garri from India in some departmental stores and open markets across the country.

NAFDAC has however, denied the certification of such imported agricultural produce.


Source: The Guardian

NAFDAC denies registering ‘Indian garri’

The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Tuesday, said contrary to reports, it did not register the ‘Indian garri’ that was reportedly being sold in the Nigerian market.

The agency’s Director, Special Duties and Media, Abubakar Jimoh, said this in an interview with newsmen on Tuesday, noting that there had been false reports that the agency registered the brand.

Nigerians had expressed concerns over the weekend when it was reported that ‘Indian’-packaged garri was being sold in the country. The garri was packed in a 500g bag, which had the picture of a lady and an inscription, ‘TRS’, on it. It also had a price tag of N450, according to reports.
NAFDAC said it immediately commenced investigations into? the alleged importation of the “Indian garri”.

The agency also cautioned Nigerians against consumption of the product
Similarly, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, spoke on the development in a statement on his verified twitter handle, noting that 26 packets of the product were seized for analysis by NAFDAC after regulatory officials visited the supermarket in Ikoyi on Monday.

While speaking with newsmen Tuesday evening, Mr. Jimoh said that preliminary investigations revealed that the product was produced in UK, shipped to Ghana and now being sold in Nigeria.

He, however, said that the agency did not register the product as being insinuated.
“Let me make it clear again that NAFDAC did not register any garri,” he told newsmen.

“We have collected samples of the product and sent them for screening,” he added.
Explaining further, Mr. Jimoh said NAFDAC couldn’t have registered the imported ‘Indian-garri’ because the agency understood the implication of such a decision on the local production market and the general Nigerian economy.

“We are not just safeguarding public health, we also ensure the growth of the Nigerian production industry and facilitate the federal government’s efforts at fixing the economy,” he noted.

The NAFDAC spokesperson said investigation is ongoing on the product and the agency would reveal the outcome of its findings once the investigations are concluded.

“The (Acting) Director-General of NAFDAC, Mrs. Yetunde Oni, would address the press once the result is out,” he said.


NAFDAC seizes fruit juice, drugs, others worth N 2.5 million

The National Agency For Food And Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has seized assorted imported fruit juice, codeine-containing substances and other unwholesome regulated products worth over N2.5million in Sokoto State.


The state Coordinator of the agency, Hamis Yahaya, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Sokoto on Wednesday.


Mr. Yahaya said that the items were confiscated during several raids by the officials of the agency in various supermarkets and markets across the state.


“Most of these items were imported from China through Niger republic and they were not registered by NAFDAC.


“We are therefore calling on supermarket operators in the state to come to the agency for global listing of their items,” he said.


Mr. Yahaya emphasised that officials of the agency would sustain their routine operations and raids to rid the state and Nigeria of all fake and unwholesome regulated products.


Source: NAN

Minister gives NAFDAC two weeks ultimatum to register SMEs.

The Federal Government on Tuesday directed NAFDAC to register all Small and Medium Enterprises, SMEs, exhibitors at the ongoing 1st Nigeria Food Safety and Investment Forum within two weeks.

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, gave the order at the forum organised by the UN Industrial Development Organisation, UNIDO, in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the forum is designed to enhance food safety and foster international business cooperation.

Mr. Adewole also ordered that all the SMEs should be given 50 per cent rebate certification registration by NAFDAC.

He also mandated the agency to compile the list of the affected SMEs exhibitors who were finding it difficult getting certification and ensure that the process was concluded within the next two weeks.

The minister, however, said that food borne diseases impede socio-economic development by straining healthcare systems and arming national economies, tourism and trades.

“Food safety incidents have had negative effects on public health, trades and livelihoods and on countries’ economies.

“People are consequently exposed to significant risks of food contamination.

“Unsafe foods containing harmful bacteria, viruses and parasites are indicated in over 200 diseases ranging from diarrhoea to cancer.

“An estimate shows that about 600 million people accounting for one in 10 globally fall ill after eating contaminated food.

“And about 420,000 die every year; in addition, children under five years old carry 40 per cent of the food-borne disease burden with 125,000 deaths every year,” he said.

The minister said that lack of access to quality foods influenced consumption of bad foods, thus threatening national economy and health sectors.

He said: “According to the World Health Organisation in 2015, access to sufficient food in safe and nutritious components is central to sustaining life and promoting good health.

“The negative impact of unsafe food is enormous and also creates a vicious circle of diseases and malnutrition.

“Particularly affecting infants, young children, elderly and the sick,” he said.

Plastic Rice In Lagos Markets As Customs Awaits NAFDAC’s Investigation

The Nigeria Customs Service yesterday said it has sent the 102 bags of rice suspected to be plastic to the National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to carry out laboratory test on them.

It said the laboratory test from NAFDAC would determine their next line of action, but  found yesterday that the controversial rice has reached many Lagos markets and homes.

The Customs Public Relations Officer (PRO), Zone A, which comprises Lagos and Ogun states, Jerry Attah, said in a telephone chat that samples of the recovered rice had been sent to NAFDAC, the approved government regulatory agency responsible for such matters.

Attah, an Assistant Superintendent of Customs, said the impounded rice, named Best Tomato Rice and packed in 25kg bags, has no expiry date, no date of production and no indication of the producers.

Some of the rice had been distributed as Christmas gift by corporate organizations before the rice was discovered to be the much talked about plastic rice.

And investigations around major rice markets in Lagos revealed that several thousands of bags of Best Tomato rice are currently being sold.

At Alaba Rago, a popular deport for smuggled rice, is the presence of several bags of Best Tomato rice in 25 kg bags. The same were seen at Igbo-Elerin, and Agbara noted for re-bagged rice.

Operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service attached to the Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone A, Ikeja on Tuesday impounded about 102 bags of plastic rice meant for distribution within the metropolis.

The bags of rice were recovered from a hidden store located in Ikeja area of Lagos.

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NAFDAC commences anti-codeine abuse campaign

Worried about the rising cases of drug abuse among Nigerian youths, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has launched a major crusade on drug abuse in Lagos State.
The campaign, which is part of the agency’s Anti- Drug Abuse Campaign, is aimed at sensitising and enlightening the people on the dangers of inappropriate drug use, particularly codeine.
Speaking at the launch of the campaign to youths, market women and drivers in Surulere Local Council Development Area, LCDA, the Acting Director General of the agency, Mrs Yetunde Oni, lamented that the abuse of codeine among youths has become worrisome.
Oni, who was represented by the agency’s Chief Public Relation Officer, Mrs. Christiana Obiazikwor, urged youths to desist from inappropriate use of drugs.

NAFDAC Destroys Unwholesome Items Worth Over N252m In Gombe

The Northern zonal office of the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Wednesday destroyed unwholesome items worth N252,882,020 million in Gombe, Gombe State.
The items destroyed include: bags of flour, packs of body creams and drugs such as analgin injection, groundnut oils and various juice drinks.

Mrs Yetunde Oni, the Acting Director-General of the agency , said that the items were either voluntarily surrendered to the agency by those who had them in stock or mopped up by NAFDAC officers during enforcement surveillance.

The D-G said faking of regulated products or selling of unwholesome products was the greatest evil of the time, calling it an act of terrorism.

He said products counterfeiters were not just a problem to the country, but were more dangerous than armed robbers.

A representative of the Secretary to the State Government SSG, Mr Obel Yaji, used the occasion to appeal to NAFDAC to regulate the activities of traditional medicine hawkers.
He said NAFDAC had been active in saving lives and that checkmating traditional medicine hawkers would help in deepening the impact of the agency on the public.

Credit: NAN

We Cannot Guarantee Efficacy of Herbal Drugs– NAFDAC

The National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has said that it cannot guarantee the efficacy of herbal drugs and products being sold across the country.

It said the certification number issued for some herbal drugs and products was only to confirm that these products were fit for human consumption.

NAFDAC Director of Special Duties, Alhaji Abubakar Jimoh, who made these facts known in Minna, Niger State, on Monday at a stakeholders’ forum declared that the organization did not have the capacity to verify the efficacy of herbal products.

He said the NAFDAC number issued for some of these herbal products was only for one year after which the manufacturers would apply for recertification.

However, he said it was working with another organization that could eventually lead to issuance of “all clear certificates for some of these herbal products “.

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NAFDAC workers declare warning strike over welfare.

The Chairman, National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) branch of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), Mr. Anzaku Peter Joseph yesterday disclosed that the union has declared a two-week warning strike.

Anzaku in an interview with The Guardian at the agency’s office at Isolo in Lagos lamented the poor treatment of NAFDAC workers.

According to him, the two weeks warning strike is to demand the Consolidated Researchers and Allied Workers Salary Structure (CONRASS), the Consolidated Health Workers Salary Structure (CONHESS), staff promotion, among others.

He expressed disappointment in the refusal of the management to move the agency’s staff to the negotiated salary structure, CONHESS, adding that an agreement was reached in 2014 for the Salaries and Wages Commission to formulate a befitting template for NAFDAC.

He pointed out that since May this year, the salaries of workers on level 12 upward have been slashed.“In my cadre I have lost about N60,000 and I cannot comprehend and reconcile the differences,” Anzaku said.

The union chairman also agitated for the appointment of a substantive Director General (DG) and a board for the agency.

NAFDAC Raises The Alarm Over Influx Of Fake Malaria Drugs

The National Agency for Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Monday in Enugu raised the alarm over the influx of fake, adulterated and sub-standard malaria drugs in open markets across the country, vowing however not to rest on its oars until the nation was completely rid of such products.

The Head of Reform Unit of NAFDAC, Barr Ozo-Onyali Ikenna, who raised the alarm while speaking with newsmen during the flag-off of a three-day sensitization workshop for staff of the agency on anti-corruption, SERVICOM and gender issues, said the agency has stepped up her enforcement activities to curtail the menace before it degenerates to an unmanageable level.

“You know. for every method you bring in to checkmate importers of fake drugs, they tend to always monitor you and move on as you are moving as well. We know that we have a lot of fake malaria medicines within the system and that is the simple reason why we have done this. You know, we insisted that manufacturers of anti-malaria and antibiotic medicines should be able to put in what we call ‘scratch and text system’, where you are expected to, when you buy your malaria medicine, scratch and send the number to the code that will be on the pack of the medicine to confirm the authenticity of the medicine before you can buy.

“It will either reply genuine or fake and if it is fake, then you are not expected to buy it and you are expected to report that complaint
to the nearest NAFDAC office for enforcement agents to step in,” he said.

He stated however that so many arrests and prosecution of importers and manufacturers of fake and substandard drugs are on-going, noting that it will remain a regular process in order to stamp out the illicit business.

Earlier in a remark, the Acting Director General of NAFDAC, Mrs. Yetunde Oni, stated that the sensitization workshop was packaged for staff of the agency drawn from all the states of the South East, the Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, and Enforcement and Investigation
Department of the Agency.

“The first day will be the anti-corruption day; the second day, service delivery day; and the third day is gender day. The whole essence of this workshop is basically sensitization of staff on anti-corruption ideals, effective and efficient service delivery, and mainstreaming gender within the system.”

The Director General who was represented by the Director, Special Duties, in the agency, Dr. Abubakar Jimoh, stated that the resource persons were drawn from the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) office as well as the Department of Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Department (CMED) of the agency.

NAFDAC Alerts Of Fake Alcohol

The National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has alerted Nigerians of the prevalence of fake alcoholic drinks, especially dry in the nation’s markets.

Dr Abubakar Jimoh, its Director, Special Duties, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos on Tuesday that the agency had continued to advise consumers of alcoholic beverages to be alert and be very wary of fake and unregistered drinks.

“Drinking alcohol is bad enough and people are always advised to take it in moderation; so, the danger associated with taking a fake drink can only be imagined,” he said.

Jimoh said that the agency had taken its campaign against fake drinks to Plateau, Gombe, Benue, Bauchi and many other states in north, and had engaged traditional and religious leaders to lead the efforts.

He particularly decried the rampant consumption of drinks like Ogogoro (dry gin) and `goskolo’ by youths, and urged stakeholders to join in the fight “especially since the youths are the group most affected”.

“We have found that the youths rely on such drinks to gather enough courage to commit all manners of atrocities like armed robbery, kidnapping, rape, killing and the rest.

“We have, therefore, continued to intensify our campaigns and that has resulted into some states coming up with bylaws that banned some alcoholic beverages.

“We have also raided production and drinking points of some of these dangerous drinks, especially in Edo and Delta States, because the drinks have damaged many livers, kidneys and other vital organs of the body.

“They have also led to the gradual decline in the health status of many youths and totally destroyed their capacity to contribute to societal development,” he said.

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NAFDAC Destroys N15m Fake Drugs In Kebbi

National Agency for Food, Drug Adminis­tration and Control, NAFDAC, has destroyed fake drugs worth over N15 million in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State.

Director General of NAF­DAC, Dr. Paul Orhii, repre­sented by Federal Capital Territory Coordinator of the agency, Mr. Abdulsal­lami Ozigis, while carrying out the destruction exercise in company of community leaders and other security agencies, said the exercise had become necessary to prevent the offensive prod­ucts from making re-entry into the market and raised public awareness on the dan­gers of counterfeit regulated products.

In a press statement signed the PR-Unit, Ephraim Anjembe said the essence of the destruction was to in­variably prevent the seized products from finding their way back to the market. This will eliminate the dangers associated with consump­tion of the dangerous prod­ucts coming back to the soci­ety for consumption.”

Speaking further, Ozigis said eliminating the unde­sired regulated products from circulation will assist medical practitioners.

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NAFDAC shuts illegal insecticide company in Kano

A Kano-based Chinese company has been closed down by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control for producing a substandard and unregistered brand of insecticide called ‘Wave Tide Mosquito coil’.

The company, Plant Fibre Mosquito Coil, is located on No.49, Maisikeli Road, Nasarawa Local Government Area of the ancient city.

Mr. Paul Akeh, a Chief Regulatory Officer with the Investigation and Enforcement Directorate of NAFDAC, Lagos, who led the operation, made the disclosure while addressing journalists shortly after shutting down the factory.

He disclosed that following intelligence reports, officials of the agency had visited the company on September 28, when they discovered some violations and directed the company to regularise its registration processes with the agency. He said the decision to shut down the company was taken when officials of the company refused to show up as directed.

He said, “Since the company is not registered by NAFDAC, the safety of its products is not ascertained or guaranteed. The finished products are bearing Chinese address while they are being produced in Nigeria.”

According to him, the chemicals used for the production of the insecticide were imported from China and labelled in Chinese language in contravention of NAFDAC’s requirements.

“They import the untreated coils and pass them through their machines to add the chemicals,” he added




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Man Arrested With Fake Drugs Worth N40m In His Apartment

Assorted counterfeit drugs worth over N40 million have been discovered in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC),also arrested a man suspected to be the owner.The suspect, who was identified as Paul Osita Eli, was arrested in the early hours of Monday at Number 2, Charles Edozien Avenue, Asaba, where he was reportedly packaging the counterfeit drugs with mobile authentication number to make it look genuine.
The drugs found in his three-bedroom apartment where he operates from included Maloxine, Lumatem (anti-malaria drugs), LOFNAC, Buscomac and Rysovin alongside already printed mobile authentication numbers.

Eli, who claimed to be a graduate of Management Science from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, while speaking with newsmen, said he had been in the business for over one year, adding that he did the packaging of the drugs after receiving them from his business associate, whom he simply named as Achubuike in Lagos.
Disclosing that he distributed the drugs in Kano through his business partner, one Chubuike in Sabon Gari, the suspect, who hails from Anambra State, said the drugs were imported from India by his partner in Lagos

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Fake Anti-Malaria Drugs Reduced To 4% In Nigeria- NAFDAC

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has been scored high in its fight against counterfeit drugs as a nationwide survey of the quality of anti-malaria medicines in Nigeria revealed a drastic reduction of counterfeit anti-malaria drugs from 19.6% in 2012 to 3.6% in 2015.
The national survey on the quality of anti-malaria medicines which was conducted in six geo-political zones in the country was jointly undertaken by the National Malaria Elimination Programme of the Federal Ministry of Health and NAFDAC with the funding support of the United States Pharmacopeia and USAID.

Speaking on the development, the permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr Linus Awute, expressed delight over the feat, saying it is coming at a time the health sector has recorded a lot of successes and is now focusing on elimination of malaria in the country.

The permanent secretary, represented by the director, Public Health in the ministry, Dr Bridget Okoeguale, added that key among these successes is the International Standardisation Organisation (ISO) certification of NAFDAC’s drug laboratory.

He said this was made possible with the generous support of the US government through Promoting the Quality of Medicines (PQM) programme implemented by the United States Pharmacopeia.


NAFDAC DG, Orhi In EFCC’s Custody Over Alleged Graft

The Director-General of the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration And Control, NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhi, has been summoned by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over allegations bordering on abuse of office.

Dr Paul Orhii

Dr. Orhi is currently being questioned by a crack team of detectives for allegedly awarding huge contracts to companies in which he has interests.
An EFCC top source confirmed to Vanguard that the DG, who arrived the commission’s headquarters around 10am Monday had been making useful statement to its agents.

The source said: “It is true that the NAFDAC head was summoned by us and he is currently being quizzed in relation to allegations that he has been awarding contracts running into millions of Naira to companies close to him.

Asked if the man would be released today on self recognition, the source said he had no idea but that doing so might depend on whether the operatives were satisfied with his answers to issues raised against him.
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NAFDAC Reacts To Reports Of Misappropriation Of Funds By Its DG, Says Allegations Are False

There were reports last week that the Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC, Paul Orhii, misappropriated some of the agencies funds by way of fictitious contracts as well as inflation of contract fund. The agency this morning released a statement on its Facebook page, discrediting the report