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

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

December 13, 2013

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August ’13
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) According to the Guardian, over 40 drug-manufacturing firms have signed on to use NAFDAC’s Mobile Authentication Service in order to combat counterfeit medications in Nigeria. 40 drug firms sign on to NAFDAC’s Mobile Authentication Service by Emeka Anuforo | Guardian | August 1, 2013
Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) It was reported that SON had intercepted substandard goods worth One billion Naira.  The goods failed SON’s conformity test and were declared unsafe for use. Amongst the goods seized were electric cables, hair clippers, LPG cylinders and Engine oil. S.O.N Intercepts Substandard Goods Worth One Billion Naira by Channels TV | August 5, 2013
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control Traders at Bridge-Head Drug Market in Onitsha handed over expired drugs worth N25 million to NAFDAC. Most of the drugs were submitted to the Onitsha Patent and Proprietary Medicine Dealers Union by the traders in the market for forwarding to NAFDAC. Onitsha traders surrender N25m worth of expired drugs to NAFDAC | Premium Times | August 11, 2013
Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) The Director General of the SON, Dr. Joseph Odumodu, while speaking at a National Sensitisation workshop organised for the National Association of Nigeria Traders, reported that within a period of six months, about N3 billion worth of substandard products were destroyed by SON. SON Destroys N3bn Sub-standard Goods by Yemi Akinsuyi | Thisday | August 28, 2013
Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) The NCC conducted a raid and arrested 12 suspects for allegedly transmitting signals of Multi-choice, a pay-view television company illegally. It was reported that during the raid, the NCC seized illegal transmitting equipment worth 29.3 million Naira. NCC Arrests 12 Over Alleged Illegal Transmission of DSTV Signals by Premium Times | August 31, 2013
Sept. ’13
Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) SON began an enforcement exercise to invade markets in the country in search of fake and substandard electric lamps. According to the Director General of SON, tests carried out on 72 lamps from 34 brands, revealed that 44 out of the 72 lamps failed the efficacy test. SON to Raid Markets for Substandard Electric Lamps by Crusoe Osagie | Thisday | September 23, 2013
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC carried out a regional destruction exercise of illicit products worth over N200 million in Calabar. Products destroyed were counterfeit medicines, food and other regulated products seized by various establishments in the south-south region of the country. NAFDAC Destroys Illicit Drugs Worth N200m in Cross River by Channels TV | September 27, 2013
Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) The NCC, in conjunction with officers of the Nigerian Police Force raided two replicating plants located in Lagos for their involvement in the production of illegal CDs. NCC Raids Two Replicating Plants in Lagos | NCC | September 29, 2013
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC intercepted 158 cartons of fake Tramadol capsules. NAFDAC Seizes Fake Analgesic, Tramadol by Chioma Obinna | Vanguard | September 30, 2013

October ’13
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control Daily Times Nigeria reported that the Nasarawa State Command of NAFDAC had seized fake and expired drugs worth N4.5 million from three local government areas of the state. NAFDAC Seizes Fake, Expired Drugs in Nasarawa State by Augustine Aminu | Daily Times Nigeria | October 10, 2013
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control A task force was set up by the Traders’ Associations in Abakiliki, Ebonyi State to combat the sale of fake, illicit and unwholesome drugs, foods and chemicals in all the markets in the state. The task force was during a grassroot public enlightenment programme organized by NAFDAC. Ebonyi traders partner NAFDAC on war against fake products by Emmanuel Uzodinma | Daily Post | October 10, 2013
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control Officials of Reckitt Benkiser Nigeria Limited, manufacturers of assorted kinds of toiletries in conjunction with NAFDAC and officers from the Nigerian Police Force arrested seven suspects in Eziukwu Market, Aba for allegedly selling adulterated products. NAFDAC Invade Eziukwu Market And Arrest 7 Suspects | SpyGhana | October 11, 2013
Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) The NCC raided five bookshops and seized pirated books worth N4.5 million in Makurdi, Benue State following consistent complaints from publishers. Commission seizes N4.5m books in Makurdi by Hope Abah | Daily Trust | October 12, 2013
Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) began a verification exercise of the steel sector of the economy with a view to accessing the local production capacity and the level of patronage for local products in Nigeria SON Begins Verification of Steel Sector by Franklin Alli | Vanguard | October 14, 2013
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control The University of Nigeria Secondary School, Enugu Campus emerged champion in this years’ annual Consumer Safety Club Competition, organized by NAFDAC with the aim of creating awareness on the dangers of fake and unwholesome products. University of Nigeria Secondary School wins NAFDAC consumer safety club competition by Emmanuel Uzodinma | Daily Post | October 18, 2013
Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) The SON seized over N20 million worth of substandard textile products across different markets in Lagos State in a renewed bid to revamp the textile industry in Nigeria and ensure standards. SON seizes over N20m substandard fabrics in Lagos by Benson Akomo | World Stage | October 28, 2013
November ’13
Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) On October 18, 2013, the NCC Copyright Inspectors carried out a monitoring exercise on commercial cable TV users in Lagos including hotels with the goal of ensuring that hotels regularise their licenses with the appropriate service providers in due time. NCC Carries out Compliance Inspection on Commercial Cable TV Users in Lagos | NCC | November 6, 2013
Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) During an anti-piracy raid carried out in Lagos on October 21, 2013, officers of the NCC together with security operatives seized suspected pirated literary works worth 40 million Naira. N40 Million Suspected Pirated Literary Works Seized by NCC Operatives | NCC | November 6, 2013
Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) and Google Forty-nine staff of the NCC benefited from training on internet/Digital Literary organized by Google in Lagos. 49 NCC Staff Participate in Google Internet/Digital Literacy Training | NCC | November 25, 2013
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control Drugs seized by the Nigerian Customs Service and handed over to NAFDAC were destroyed in a Joint Destruction Exercise in Katsina State in Nigeria. NAFDAC destroys N595m drugs in Katsina by James Danjuma | National Mirror | November 28 | 2013
December’ 13
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC announced at a press briefing in Lagos that it hae seized fake products worth over N60 million following intelligence reports and surveillance mounted at various spots in Lagos. NAFDAC confiscates N60m fake products by Mathew Asabor | Nigerian Tribune | December 5, 2013

*media report prepared as of December 12, 2013

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