The Nigeria NDLEA an acronym for National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in charge of intercepting faked, counterfeited, expired drugs and clean-up the Nigeria market from illicit drugs.
The NDLEA, Plateau Command on Saturday the 17 day of June 2017 handed over 5580 kg of fake, expired drugs and medical devices apparatus and 2652 kg of psychotropic substances it intercepted, confiscated and seized from a hidden warehouse in Jos the capital of Plateau State, Nigeria.
The NDLEA, Plateau Command, Commander Mr. Ibrahim Braji, while handing over the confiscated faked and expired drugs, medical devices apparatus to the Zonal Director of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Mrs. Josephine Dailyi, made the disclosure that the NDLEA intercepted, confiscated and seized the expired fake drugs from the hidden warehouse of one named person Jude Okoye, an alleged purported notorious psychotropic drug dealer and fugitive.
Mrs. Josephine Dailyi was rightly represented by Mr. Gabriel Philip, NAFDAC Assistant Chief Regulatory Officer.
The NDLEA, Plateau Command, Commander Mr. Ibrahim Braji further disclosed that the agency seized items were syringes, intravenous injection liquids and newly printed labels with new dates of production and expiration.
NDLEA, Command further alleged that Jude Okoye, popularly known and addressed as “Zuma” owns a patent medicine store named “Zuma pharmacy “which he uses to disguise his nefarious act of peddling the controlled drugs.
“All the drugs in his possession are controlled drugs and he doesn’t have the qualification or license to sell, because he is a patent medicine dealer; it has to be dispensed by a pharmacist with prescription from a medical doctor,” he said.
He alleged that Okoye, had been convicted three times for the same offence.
Mr. Gabriel Philip, NAFDAC Assistant Chief Regulatory Officer further alleged that Okoye was convicted sometimes in October 2015 for being in possession of unregistered and expired drugs during a routine NAFDAC surveillance.
That the faked and expired drugs which were worth two million Naira, were confiscated from his shop and destroyed.
He disclosed that the said Okoye wrote a letter of undertaking to desist from the nefarious act after his conviction in 2015 and was sentenced to three years in prison with an option of N200,000 fine.
Mr. Gabriel Philip, NAFDAC Assistant Chief Regulatory Officer said that Okoye paid the court fine and avoided jail term.
The NDLEA Plateau Command, Commander Mr. Ibrahim Braji appealed to the general public to cooperate and liaison with the agency in its effort at ridding the state of “expired drug traffickers.