Nigeria, Niger security teams meet on border crimes

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…As Official says NAFDAC set to clamp down on drug hawkers in FCT***

A Joint security team from 8 Division Nigerian Army, Sokoto has visited their counterpart in Niger republic to discuss modalities to tackle common border crimes.

A statement issued by Col. Sagir Musa, the Acting Director Army Public Relations, said the team was led by Brig.-Gen. L.K.N. Udeagbala, Commander 1 Brigade, who represented the GOC 8 Division.

Musa said the team met their Nigerien counterpart at Dakana, where they extensively brainstorm on unfolding security challenges in Sokoto state and environs.

According to him, the team comprises representatives from Police, Department of State Services (DSS), Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigerian Custom Service and Nigerian Security and Civil Security and Defence Corps.

He said following security threats on the border between Nigeria and Republic of Niger, a joint military border patrol team was set up in September 2018.

The objective of the joint team, he said was to checkmate the menace of cross border banditry and other criminalities across both nations “common porous borders.’’

In the meantime, Mrs Clementina Anyakora, Director, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), FCT, says the agency will begin to clamp down drug hawkers in the FCT.

There is a report that Anyakora disclosed this in an interview in Ibadan on Friday while speaking on the enforcement activities of the agency.

She said that the agency has identified areas where drug hawking was predominant in the FCT.

“We want to do a lot of work on drug hawking and hawkers at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

“We find out some individuals hawk drug products; in fact, it is one of the things we are working on in terms of enforcement.

“Also, we have the survey bakery facilities and we want to find out the quality of bread people eat.

“There is this ban substance called Potassium Bromate that is not allowed in bread; but we heard that some bakers use it.

“We are doing a survey of all the bakeries in the FCT, we will carry out appropriate sanctions against erring companies,” she said.

Anyakora said that FCT has over 2,500 companies comprising of food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices among other regulated products.

“The bulk of NAFDAC work is good for safety in the FCT; so we have intensified on regulatory procedures.

“We have also heard about those selling codeine, though we are yet to confirm.

“We have drug abuse education in schools; we have written to the FCT school management for permission to hold sensitisation programme.

“It is better to catch them at young age before they get addicted to these products.”

She further added that the decentralisation of registration process by the agency has increased the number of companies that registered for certain kind of products.

The director said that NAFDAC had three series of approval from last quarter in 2018 to the first quarter of 2019; people are quite happy that they got registered quickly.

“We have many small industries springing up in FCT; it is fast growing as a manufacturing area, with the policy of ease of doing business and the zonal registration.

“With the quality management system that the agency is entrenching and standard operating procedures, we need to get FCT to the top,” she said.