On Wednesday, the Sokoto/Zamfara Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) handed over 1,198 cartons of confiscated unregistered pharmaceutical drugs to the Sokoto office of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC),leadership report.
The seized drugs comprised 450 cartons of Real Extra Tablets, 405 cartons of sex enhancement drugs, 148 cartons of condoms, and 30 cartons of Vernos chewable drugs. Speaking during a joint press briefing at the State Command, Comptroller Musa Omale highlighted that the transfer of the drugs to NAFDAC was in line with the collaboration policy of the Customs Comptroller General, CG Bashir Adewale Adeniyi. NAFDAC is legally mandated to regulate and control drugs in the country.
The Area Controller emphasized the global threat posed by counterfeit and unregistered pharmaceutical drugs, describing it as a “global scourge.” He pledged the Command’s steadfast support to NAFDAC in their efforts to combat counterfeit drugs.
Comptroller Omale issued a warning to smugglers, urging them to cease their activities. He stated that the Command is fully prepared to counter such illicit activities, clarifying that the importation of pharmaceutical drugs through land borders is prohibited.
The Customs Service has implemented a policy directing the importation of all pharmaceutical drugs through designated seaports, where clearance is contingent upon meeting necessary documentation requirements.
Alhaji Garba Abubakar Adamu, the Sokoto State Coordinator of NAFDAC, expressed gratitude to the Customs Service for their consistent synergy and collaboration in protecting the lives and health of Nigerians.