The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control in Abuja on Wednesday destroyed counterfeit and expired drugs as well as other unwholesome items worth over N80m.
The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, said during the destruction of the items that the seizures were made within Abuja and neighbouring states in the last one year.
Adeyeye said some persons had been arrested with others facing prosecution in several courts.
She, however, revealed that some of the expired products were willingly forfeited to NAFDAC by some companies and Non-Governmental Organisations.
The NAFDAC boss said, “Today, we witness the destruction of various categories of regulated products worth over N80m. It is important to note that some of these expired products were voluntarily forfeited to NAFDAC by companies and NGOs while others were mopped up from circulation via enforcement activities of the agency.
“Our enforcement and surveillance systems are not without daunting challenges as violators continue to adopt different strategies to ensure that they evade arrest and enjoy proceeds of their nefarious activities.
“NAFDAC will continue to deploy effective strategies to ensure that violators are not only arrested but also face the wrath of the law.”