The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has apprehended a notorious fake product importer, Mr Obumnene Okpala, from who imported suspected adulterated and counterfeited insecticides valued at N50 million were recovered.
Addressing newsmen on the agency’s activities in Lagos on Wednesday, October 18, the Acting Director General of NAFDAC, Ademola Mogbojuri said the suspect popularly known as Okanu was apprehended following a tip off.
The NAFDAC boss disclosed that Okpala, a resident of Block 188, plot 2054, Amuwo Odofin Lagos State, had in 2015 imported a 40-feet container load of fake ‘Kilit’ Insecticide into the country.
He added that the suspect was made to write a notarised undertaking never to import counterfeit NAFDAC-regulated products into the country, after the products were forfeited for destruction.
Mogbojuri said the suspect failed to honour the terms of the undertaking but began to engage in similar operation while investigation of the initial case was still ongoing.
He said a raid on the suspect’s premises by a combined team of NAFDAC investigation and enforcement agents and Nigeria Police Force officers on October 13, 2017 turned out many suspected fake, adulterated and counterfeit insecticide products.
According to him, items recovered from the suspect at different times of the day include 1,539 cartons of Royal Dream and 32 Cartons of Kilit Insecticide, 333 cartons of Read-A-Dream and 281 cartons of Kilit insecticide.
He further disclosed that the products which were valued at over N50 million were imported from China.
He said the products had been evacuated to NAFDAC office in Oshodi, while the mastermind and his assistant had been apprehended for prosecution.
Mogbojuri, who said that the agency would remain unrelenting in its fight against fake, adulterated and counterfeit products in the country, would work with its international partners to ensure the makers of the items in China were properly sanctioned.