… As NAFDAC shuts 10 water factories in Ondo***
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has intercepted 22 blocks of heroin, with a street value of over N4.5 billion at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos.
This is contained in a statement by the Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi on Sunday in Abuja.
Babafemi said the consignment, which were concealed in packs of Nestle Cerelac baby food, weighed 23.55 kilograms.
He said the consignment came from Johannesburg, South Africa, on board South African Airways flight on Wednesday, June 29.
This, he said, was a part of consolidated cargo that arrived the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc (SAHCO) import shed of the Lagos airport.
“After series of follow up operations that led to the arrest of two freight agents, the actual receiver of the drug consignment was Chike Eweni .
“Eweni who distributes the substance for his South Africa based partner was arrested the following day, Thursday June 30, at a logistics warehouse in Ajao Estate, Ikeja.
“The suspect who hails from Anaocha LGA, Anambra, claims, during preliminary interview that he is also into fish farming, ” he said.
Babafemi said NDLEA officers at the airport, had on Monday June 27, arrested a former driver with a public transport company, BRT, Muyiwa Bolujoko, for ingesting 90 pellets of cocaine before the arrest of Eweni.
He said Bolujoko was arrested at the screening point before boarding a Qatar Airways flight, enroute Doha to Sharjah, with his trip, expected to terminate in Dubai, UAE.
He added that the 39-year-old, from Ijebu South LGA, Ogun, was placed under excretion observation after body scan result confirmed drug ingestion.
“While in custody, the suspect excreted all the 90 pellets in four excretions.
“He claimed he left his N60,000 per month job as BRT driver in February, and decided to work as drug courier, to raise funds to buy a shuttle bus popularly called ‘Korope’ in Lagos to continue his transport business, ” he said.
In another development, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has sealed 10 packaged water companies in Ondo State over non-compliance with the regulation and standards.
The Ondo State Coordinator of NAFDAC, Mr Benu Philip, disclosed this in an interview with the newsmen on Sunday in Akure.
Philip said the affected companies which spread across the state, had there premises sealed between January and June.
He explained that all the affected companies were operating with expired licence and producing in an unhygienic environment.
“In addition to locking the facilities, the companies will pay an administrative charge for late renewal of their registration licence and submit necessary documents for the renewal process,” he said
Philip said the licence issued is not forever, adding that renewal periods should be sustained to avoid regulatory interruption.
He advised Nigerians to always look out for the NAFDAC registration number on sachet and bottled water, batch information and date markings.
“Our mandate, specifically, is to ensure, regulate and control the manufacturing of food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices and chemicals, which we refer to as regulated products.
“What we do in Ondo State majorly is to engage the stakeholders to keep them abreast of our mandate, to ensure that they follow the rules.
“Most of the packaged water, popularly called “pure water”, that I know of in Ondo State since I came on board, have been operating with expired licence.
“The licence is the marketing authorisation that enables you to sell your product in the market as verified and safe for consumption.
“Once you have that number on your certificate, it shows that you have gone through the regulatory processes to ensure that you make safe products to the consuming public but it is not forever; it has a timeline,” he said.
He said the agency will continue to collaborate with other agencies to ensure its set goals and targets were achieved.