NAFDAC seals warehouse with goods worth N1.9bn in Abuja

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control  (NAFDAC) has sealed a warehouse containing goods worth N1.9 billion in Idu, an outskirt of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

A member of the Federal Taskforce and Investigation, Enforcement Directorate, NAFDAC, Bubuchiki Godiya, disclosed the development on Friday.

Godiya was said to have revealed that the agency received an allegation concerning feed avenue producing animal feeds.

He said on receiving the information, the agency sent its staff to the warehouse for confirmation.

Godiya noted that the team was shocked by their findings on getting to the warehouse as it was discovered that goods were being manufactured there.

According to him, the revelations showed that most of the goods had expired.

He said “What we saw confirmed the allegation as the company had been carrying out funny activities at the warehouse. In the manager’s office, we saw some pressing iron, sailing thread and several other items for re-bagging feeds.”

Godiya said that on interrogation, the manager could not explain what the items were used for as he claimed the products were imported from France.

He further said that aside from the discovery, the goods had expired, while some labels had been removed and replaced with new ones.

“We saw many newly printed labels in the manager’s office. The manager said he had no answers to the questions he was asked. Some of the products produced in Nigeria had no label or NAFDAC number.

“We will investigate this and must get to the root of the matter. When you go to a place and see scaling machine, pressing iron, coding machine, one will understand that things are being manufactured there,’’ he explained.

The task force member disclosed that on inspection of the facility, the team discovered that the place was a warehouse, and not even a factory for production.

He said that the team had sufficient evidence and that further regulatory action would be taken against the company.

Meanwhile, Mr. Daniel Ajayi, the warehouse manager, claimed not to be aware of other activities going on within the premises and said his responsibility was to sell poultry products.

He claimed that the new empty bags and other things found in the warehouse were to re-bag any damaged product.

The Team Leader of the Federal Taskforce Investigation and Enforcement Unit, Kaduna, Mr. Umaru Suleiman, whose jurisdiction covers the entire North, including Abuja, said that the warehouse had all it takes to repackage any product, adding, “The company buys expired products and re-bag them and sell to customers.”

According to him, even if a product is registered, it should be evaluated immediately it expires.

“Expired products should be quarantined in a particular place, so as not to contaminate others.

“If it is imported from France as he claimed, there is what we call import permit for products like this and it will be written on the labels,” he said.



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