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FIFA bans former Afghan general secretary in sexual abuse inquiry

FIFA bans former Afghan general secretary in sexual abuse inquiry
Written by Maritime First

…As PCN seals 571 pharmacies, patent medicine stores in Bauchi – Official***

The former General Secretary of the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) has been banned for five years and fined after FIFA’s Ethics Committee found him guilty of violations relating to the abuse of female players.

The world soccer body said in a statement that the investigation into Sayed Aghazada concerned complaints lodged by several female Afghan football players against former AFF President Keramuudin Karim.

Karim was banned for life in June.

The female players’ complaints related to sexual abuse between 2013 and 2018, a time when Aghazada was the AFF’s general secretary.

“In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber ruled that Mr Aghazada was aware of this abuse and had the duty to report and prevent it according to the FIFA Code of Ethics,” FIFA said on Friday.

“Consequently, the adjudicatory chamber found that Mr Aghazada had breached the FIFA Code of Ethics and sanctioned him with a ban for five years.

“ In addition, a fine in the amount of 10,000 Swiss francs (8,009.63 pounds) has been imposed.”

Aghazada was also a FIFA standing committee member and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Executive Committee member.

In the meantime, the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) said on Friday that it had sealed 571 pharmacies and patent medicine stores in Bauchi, for various offences.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that PCN was established by Decree 91 of 1992, now Pharmacists Council of Nigeria Act Cap P17, LFN, 2004, to regulate and control the practice of pharmacy in the country.

PCN’s Director, Inspection and Monitoring, Mrs Anthonia Aruya, gave the figure at a news conference in Bauchi.

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Aruya said that the affected premises comprise six pharmacies and 565 patent medicine stores, out of the 682 inspected by the PCN.

“A total of 571 premises, made up of six unregistered pharmacies and 565 patent medicine stores, were sealed for various offences, some of which include operating without registration and non-fulfilment of prerequisites of PCN.

“These include failure to renew premises licence, dispensing ethical products without supervision of a pharmacist and operating in unhygienic environment, among others.”

She noted that another 13 premises were issued compliance directives for offences that did not warrant sealing.

Aruya said that the PCN Enforcement Team that operated in Bauchi, had observed that many pharmaceutical premises commenced operations without fulfilling the minimum requirement for registration.

According to her, premises selling above their scope of operation, such as selling and dispensing of ethical products without the presence of superintendent pharmacist, or handling of controlled drugs, are violating the law.

Aruya noted that the enforcement in Bauchi was part of the efforts to address the ugly trend, and improve on quality service delivery.

“Owners of unregistered facilities have been visiting the PCN, Bauchi  Office, to regularise their registration status, since the commencement of the exercise,” Aruya said.

The director urged the public to ask for registration status of facilities where they access their medicine, by requesting for current licenses issued by PCN.



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