NAFDAC Sealed off Illegal 8 Room Herbal Outlet, Arrests Herbal Drugs Producer
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has arrested the producer of illegal herbal products in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, Abdulroheem Ajao. NAFDAC Sealed
The name of the illegal herbal product is At-Taqwah Herbal Medicine.
The Agency also sealed off Ajao’s eight-room herbal outlet located behind Periscope Model College, Muslim Area of Ibadan.
The Director of NAFDAC South-West, Mrs. Florence Ajayi, led her team to where the illegal herbal products were being manufactured.
She disclosed that the long arm of the law caught up with the suspect following an intelligence report from residents. NAFDAC Sealed
Ajayi said immediately after members of the community informed NAFDAC of the illegal act, the Surveillance Unit of the agency swung into action and apprehended the suspect in order to stop the production of the harmful and illicit drugs.
“The community here tipped our agency. The aftermath of the visits shows that the environment for production is not hygienic,” Ajayi said.
She revealed that the product was not registered with the agency.
The director noted that ignorance and illiteracy have been the background of wrong herbal drug production in the country.
“There are three processes to registration including documentation with payment, laboratory analysis and report for approval, but as I speak there is no application for registration at all with NAFDAC.” NAFDAC Sealed
While confessing to the act, Ajao said that he was surprised to have been nabbed over the alleged unhealthy production of herbal products.
The suspect said that he had been operating in the area for over five years, distributing successfully across the Southwestern part of the country.
He explained that his products serve as a cure for hypertension, fever, erectile dysfunction and other related diseases.
Ajao claimed that he had applied for approval from NAFDAC, which cost him a sum of N500,000, and has an existing certificate from the Corporate Affairs Commission in Nigeria.
NAFDAC Sealed off Illegal 8 Room Herbal Outlet
He said, “We are producing herbal products. We distribute to Jos, Lagos and other parts of the country. I have been in this business for about five years. The name of the herbal product is At-Taqwah Herbal Product. It is working for fever, body pain and hypertension.
The process is going on at the NAFDAC office. I started the process over two years now, costing me N500,000.”
NAFDAC, however, faulted Ajao’s claims.