The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control has seized fake, substandard and unwholesome drugs, cosmetics and medical device worth N2,650,000 at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
Mr John Okwori, Deputy Director and Head, Ports Inspection Directorate, stated this in a statement made available to newsmen in Enugu on Wednesday.
Okwori said that the items were imported from China, USA and Dublin in Ireland, adding that they were seized in order to safeguard public health.
According to him, the agency’s surveillance and vigilance operations have been helpful in the seizures.
He said, “All the illicit consignments were abandoned by their respective importers.”
The director noted that the seized consignments included cartons of Isner Mile Minoxidil Hair Spray imported from China, valued at N200,000 and One carton of an unlabeled off-white powdery substance, estimated at N500,000 from China.
Others were two big bags of Eomay Toothbrush for children, estimated at N450,000 from China; two travelling bags with donated drugs and medical devices from USA, valued at N500,000 and nine travel bags of medical devices, estimated at N1 million.
Okwori said, “NAFDAC is working relentlessly to ensure that the airports, especially Akanu Ibiam International Airport, are not used by unscrupulous businessmen and women to import injurious and unwholesome items to Nigerians.
“The agency will continue its strict surveillance at the airport and make it impossible for importers of fake, substandard and unwholesome drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, among others, to move their illicit consignments.’’