Media Reports on Actions Against Piracy, Counterfeiting & Substandard Products in Nigeria: January to July 2013

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(Media Reports on Actions Against Piracy, Counterfeiting & Substandard Products in Nigeria)

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January ’13
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Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) The Standards Organisation of Nigeria led a task force to seal off Three Friends International, a warehouse owned by a Chinese firm, over substandard aluminum coils in Lagos, Nigeria. The company’s aluminum quality was below the Nigerian Industrial Standard (NIS) minimum specification of 0.4 millemeters. Ugwu, P. “SON Closes Chinese Warehouse over Inferior Aluminum Coils” | Nigeria CommunicationsWeek | January 17, 2013
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Nigeria Customs Service handed over to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), cartons of unregistered drugs, tins of baby food and assorted energy drinks worth more than N3 million, which it had seized from various sources between July and September 2012 upon discovery that the items were not certified by NAFDAC. Njoku, C. “Customs hand over contraband to NAFDAC” | National Mirror | January 16, 2013
Standards Organisation of Nigeria The Director General of the SON announced that the Agency would destroy substandard electrical cables worth over N2 billion over the course of two weeks. SON to Destroy N2BN Fake Electrical Cable | New Agency of Nigeria | January 30, 2013
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control On January 24, 2013, NAFDAC announced that it had established a toll-free platform for feedback on adverse drug reactions. Subscribers of MTN, Etisalat and Glo, three mobile telephone networks, were urged to text 20543 to report cases of adverse drug reactions. NAFDAC Establishes Toll-free Platform for Feedback on Adverse Drug Reaction | News Agency of Nigeria | January 24, 2013
Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) The NCC announced at a media briefing in Abuja, Nigeria that a total of 85 suspected pirates were arrested in 2012 and more than 3.6 million units of pirated goods worth N4.3 billion were confiscated. NCC also announced that between July 2011 and December 2012, the commission secured 29 convictions for piracy of copyright-protected books, music, movies, broadcast signals and software products. Elebeke, E. “NCC impounds N4.38bn pirated goods … Secures 29 convictions” | Vanguard | January 29, 2013
February ’13
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control On February 5, 2013, fake and expired products valued at about N140 million were destroyed by NAFDAC in Abuja, Nigeria. Some of the sub-standard products were voluntarily handed over by other government institutions, non-governmental associations and companies. Ukpong, U. “NAFDAC destroys N140m fake, expired products” | The SUN | February 6, 2013
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control This video report showed the destruction by NAFDAC of expired, substandard and unregistered drugs. A few of the items were seized from street hawkers, manufacturers, illegally smuggled into Nigeria while others were handed over to NAFDAC by other government agencies, hospitals and other health facilities. Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) News 24. “NAFDAC Destroys Expired Drugs” | February 6, 2013
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC through its “Catch Them Young” initiative organized an annual secondary school competition for members of the NAFDAC Consumer Safety Club (NCSC) in Illorin, Nigeria. The aim was for youth to assist in the flow of information about NAFDAC’s pharmacovigilance and the fight against fake and counterfeit products. Nwogu, S. “NAFDAC takes war against fake drugs to schools” | Punch | February 8, 2013
March ’13
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control In March 2013, NAFDAC arrested two brothers for allegedly manufacturing and selling fake alcoholic beverages — in this case “The Prince Alomo Bitters.” According to NAFDAC, the suspects had been under the agency’s surveillance for being part of a group that specializes in producing and selling fake brands of beverages. Rachel, O. NAFDAC arrests 2 brothers for manufacturing fake alcoholic beverage | March 30, 2013 | Y Naija
April ’13
Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) Six suspects were arrested by the Nigerian Copyright Commission on April 9, 2013, in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, for possession of 40 copies of books belonging to different copyright owners. The books were estimated at being worth N200,000. NCC Arrests 6 Book Piracy Suspects in Abuja | Nigerian Copyright Commission

National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control On April 10th, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control raided Karmo Market in the Abuja, Nigeria.  The Agency seized drugs including analgesics, aphrodisiacs and antibiotics, which were valued at about N3 Million from alleged illegal hawkers who were arrested following the raid for openly hawking of the drugs. NAFDAC seizes drugs worth N3 Million in Abuja | Leadership | April 10, 2013
Kano State Government and NAFDAC Kano State government destroyed counterfeit drugs worth N100 million at Farewa village in Kano metropolis. Kano destroys N100m counterfeit drugs by Mustapha Adamu | Peoples Daily
Hewlett-Packard HP introduced an authentication technology that allows customers to determine if the ink and toner printer cartridges purchased are genuine. Sotunde, O. “HP Launches Authentication Technology To Combat Piracy In Nigeria” | Ventures | April 17, 2013
Ogun State Ministry of Health The Ogun State Ministry of Health destroyed fake drugs worth more than N1 million at a public burning which took place along Kobape Road, Abeokuta in Ogun State, Nigeria. Dimeji, K.,Ogun destroys fake drugs worth N1.5mn |Premium Times | April 9, 2013
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC carried out a three day mop up exercise on medicine outlets and hospitals in Gboko, Benue State in response to reports about adverse drug reactions. Tests were carried out on anti-malarial drugs using TRUSCAN machines. Majority of the drugs passed the tests confirming the sale of genuine anti-malarial drugs by drug outlets in the area however there were some violations ranging from outlets selling unregistered products, failure to properly label products and the sale of expired products by some outlets. NAFDAC seizes substandard, expired drugs from drug outlets in Gboko | Daily Trust | April 23, 2013
Kezzler and UBQT NAFDAC approved Kezzler and UBQT’s partnership to provide a platform for verifying medicines using text messaging in Nigeria. While Kezzler will provide its SSP product traceability platform, UBQT will provide its mobile integration and aggregating services. Taylor P. “Kezzler and UBQT team up to fight drug counterfeits in Nigeria” | Securing Industry | April 22, 2013
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC impounded fake baby food and other products worth N3 million in Aba, the commercial hub of Abia State, Nigeria. The impounded items included expired cartons of SMA baby formula 6x 900 grams, cartons of variious beverages including Ovaltine, Teco, sachets of Peak milk, Peak Choke, Vitalo drinks and Eva wines. NAFDAC impounds fake baby drinks, beverages worth N3M in Aba | News Agency of Nigeria | April 3, 2013
May ’13
Federal High Court, Lagos
A Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos, sentenced a book seller to three months imprisonment for selling pirated books.
Bookseller jailed for selling pirated copies of El-Rufai’s book | Vanguard
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control The National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control seized expired products and sanctioned offenders at the trade fair in Calabar. NAFDAC Seizes Expired Product at Calabar Trade Fair | News Agency of Nigeria
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control An estimated $250,000 worth of contaminated bread improver imported from the U.S. was confiscated at the Onne Port in Rivers State by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control. Yafugborhi, E. “NAFDAC seizes $250,000 contaminated bread improver” | Vanguard | May 13, 2013
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC seized various brands of unregistered aphrodisiacs (sex stimulant drugs) used by men from patent medicine shops. 16 offenders involved in the sales of the unwholesome products were also sanctioned. NAFDAC seizes various brands of aphrodisiacs in Benin | Premium Times | May 21, 2013
Federal High Court, Lagos A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos convicted and sentenced to seven years imprisonment, two officials of Barewa Pharmaceutical Company Ltd, manufacturers of “My Pikin Baby Teething Mixture” –a paracetamol-based syrup that killed 80 babies in 2008.  ‘My Pikin’ killer syrup manufacturers bag 7-year jail term, court winds-up company
June ’13
Standards Organisation of Nigeria The Standards Organisation of Nigeria raided Dei Dei Building Materials market in Abuja and confiscated iron steel worth N50 million. SON had conducted surveillance checks on the sellers of the substandard materials before the raid in addition to market surveys that revealed the sale of the substandard materials. Akinsuyi, Y. “Standards Organisation of Nigeria Confiscates Iron Steel Worth N50m” | Thisday | June 3, 2013
Nigerian Copyright Commission Eight suspects were arrested by the Nigerian Copyright Commission in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, Nigeria, for the unauthorized reproduction and distribution of pirated optical discs. The disc were discovered during the raid of Kubwa and Kuba areas of Abuja. Elebeke, E. NCC arrests 8 pirates, confiscates over N7m worth of goods | Vanguard | June 1, 2013
July ’13
Nigerian Copyright Commission The Nigerian Copyright Commission raided Alaba International Market, a market notorious for piracy of music, film and electronics in Nigeria. NCC raided two warehouses and seized pirated broadcast material (digital satellite receiver decorders) worth N1.5 billion. NCC raids Alaba, arrest pirates of broadcast equipment | Punch | July 24, 2013
Nigeria Customs Service The Nigeria Customs Service seized counterfeit products worth N6.2 million including unregistered foreign wine, counterfeit pampers and Chinese herbal soap, amongst other items. The seized products were handed over to NAFDAC in imo State for destruction in the spirit of inter-agency cooperation. Njoku, C. “Customs seizes N140m contraband, hands over N6.2m fake products to NAFDAC” | National Mirror
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC teamed up with the World Health Organization (WHO) and adopted a new system to detect fake drugs. The system would also significantly improve the quality and quantity of data collection regarding substandard, spurious, falsely-labelled, falsified or counterfeit (SSFFC) products. Obinna, C. “Fake drugs: NAFDAC adopts WHO Rapid Alert system” | Vanguard | July 5, 2013
Nigerian Copyright Commission On July 26, 2013, six outlets suspected to be illegally re-transmitting copyright-protected TV broadcast signals in Benin-City were raided by official of the Nigerian Copyright Commission. Broadcast equipments including decoders, splitters, and cable wires were confiscated. “NCC Impounds N6 Million Broadcast Gadgets in Benin-City, Arrests 6” | Nigerian Copyright Commission | July 27, 2013
Standards Organisation of Nigeria Standards Organisation of Nigeria destroyed fake products worth over N2 billion, including cigarettes, assorted tyres and domestic equipments. The products were conveyed in 15 trucks to the dump site in Sagamu Ogun state, Nigeria for destruction. Aderibigbe, A. Standard Organisation of Nigeria Destroys N2B Worth of Fake Products | Abuja Star | July 8, 2013
Nigerian Copyright Commission On July 16, 2013, acting on intelligence and surveillance reports, copyright inspectors and Multi-Choice officials supported by officers from the Nigerian Police Force raided the electronic section of the Alaba International Market and the Isashi area of Lagos State in an anti-piracy operation. Impounded during the raid were 3,750 units of pirated broadcast decoders worth over N780 million used for broadcast signal hacking. Copyright Commission Arrests Broadcast Pirate, Impounds N780 million Broadcast Signal-Hacking Devices | Nigerian Copyright Commission | July 16, 2013



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