NAFDAC Headquarters in Abuja, FCT

NAFDAC: Hoodlums attack Kaduna Office, loot fake and expired drugs

*Kaduna State Government warns persons who consume such stolen medicines, beverages are at a great risk of serious illness, death ─Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner for Internal Security

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Some residents of Kaduna State, in Northern Nigeria said to be hoodlums have attacked the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in the state, carting away seized counterfeit, expired drugs and beverages in the process.

Samuel Aruwan, Honourable Commissioner for Internal Security, Kaduna State, in a statement, related that the looted items include expired, prohibited, and dangerous drugs.

Aruwan, who disclosed that such hazardous items posed a great danger to the health of the people, therefore warned that persons who consume such drugs are at great risk of serious illness and death.

The statement noted that the affected offices include the NAFDAC warehouse belonging to the investigation and enforcement directorate, as well as the training and research institute for the Northern Region and Abuja, Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The state government said the stolen medicines which were meant for destruction were originally seized from illicit drug dealers in the region.

The Honourable Commissioner for Internal Security stated that Management of a food processing company whose stores were also looted in the Kakuri area, in Kaduna South Local Government Area, revealed that the stolen grains had been treated with chemical preservatives which render them unsafe for human consumption.

Meanwhile, the state government has warned about health risks from drugs and beverages looted from the NAFDAC office and other warehouses in the state capital.

The Commissioner implored residents of Kaduna State to be vigilant and careful about the source of the food and medications they take and where they buy them in order to avoid these looming dangers.

Aruwan appealed to members of the public for information on the identities of the looters, and where they might be hiding the stolen items.

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