August 19, 2018

Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW) is currently working to digitize reports of counterfeiting within Nigeria (not only at the borders) through an online Incident Database. The database captures information about counterfeiting suspects (including age and gender), victims, locations, arrests, seizures, estimated value of products, destruction exercises, product types, and the government agencies conducting operations in each incident.  The incident database provides an opportunity for continued empirical investigation into the problem of product counterfeiting in Nigeria.

Date of IncidentAgencies InvolvedLocation or StateDescription of Item or Types of GoodsBrands CounterfeitedArrest or Fines (if any)SummaryCrime Category or Description
10-Nov-14National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)Enugu10,000 labels of assorted drinksNot SpecifiedYes - ArrestThe National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control arrested a man suspected to be in possession of 10,000 labels of assorted drinks.Operating an illegal distillery
28-Oct-14National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)LagosTomato Paste; CosmeticsDe Rica Tomato PasteYes - ArrestThe National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control arrested two suspects, who allegedly specialised in counterfeiting various cosmetics and food products, as well as distribution and sale of fake Derica tomato paste.Counterfeit Cosmetic; Counterfeit Foods
11-Jun-13National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)LagosCough SyrupNot SpecifiedYes - ArrestNAFDAC intercepted N5 million worth of packaging materials imported with the intention of faking codeine syrup and also arrested one of the suspected members of the syndicate.Counterfeit Medicines
17-Nov-16National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)AbujaCounterfeit MedicinesNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedThe NAFDAC carried out a destruction exercise in Abuja where the agency disposed of expired medication, counterfeit drugs,?and other regulated products estimated to be worth over N75 million.Counterfeit Medicine
6-Apr-13National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)AnambraAlcoholic BeverageThe Prince Alomo-BittersYes - ArrestTwo brothers were arrested by the NAFDAC for illegal manufacture, possession, distribution and sale of an unwholesome alcoholic beverage worth over N25m.Counterfeit Beverages
9-Oct-13National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)NasarawaCounterfeit MedicinesFulcin and Gentamycin 280Yes - ArrestThe Nasarawa State Command of NAFDAC seized fake and expired drugs worth N4.5 million in three local government areas of the state.Counterfeit Medicines
27-Apr-15National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC); Federal High Court LagosLagosSaucesPine White Ground Pepper, Summerfield whole Kernel Sweet Corn, Bama Mayonnaise, Summerfield Baked Beans, Sweet Chili Chiken Sauce, Real Value Mayonnaise and Superior Light Soy Sauce and unlabelled sauceYes - ArrestA business man was arrested and charged for selling unlabeled repacked food products to customers.Counterfeit Foods
29-Sep-15National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC); Federal High Court LagosLagosCough SyrupCOF ?N? COLD with Codeine syrupYes - ArrestA man was alleged to have been in illegal possession and engaged in the sale of the counterfeit cough syrup.Counterfeit Medicines
9-Sep-15National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC); Federal High Court DeltaDeltaCounterfeit MedicinesRysovin ? 500, Buscomac ? 10mg, Maloxine, Lumartem, Lofnac ? 100Yes - ArrestA man was arrested by officials of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control. He was alleged to have been manufacturing fake anti-malaria drugs at his residence and packaging the fake drugs with mobile authentication number. He was later convicted and sentenced to five years imprisonment without the option of fine.Counterfeit Medicines

*Generalizing from the database has limitations because the incident database only captures incidents that have somehow come to the public’s attention through media publications. Nevertheless, the incident database serves as a rich, empirical foundation where none yet exists and captures information about cases that are arguably the most important and for which concerted intervention is needed in Nigeria.

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