National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Handsover Expired Drugs to NAFDAC

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According to a report from the Guardian, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Plateau Command on Saturday handed over expired drugs it had seized to the National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

The NDLEA had seized 5580 kg of expired drugs and medical devices and 2652 kg of psychotropic substances from a warehouse in Jos.

Reportedly, the drugs were seized from the warehouse of one Mr. Jude Okoye (popularly known as Zuma), an alleged notorious psychotropic drug dealer with a three-time conviction for the same offence. Other items seized by the agency include syringes, intravenous injection liquids, and printed labels with new dates of production and expiration.

The owner of the warehouse,  Mr. Okoye, was convicted in October 2015 for being in possession of unregistered and expired drugs during a routine NAFDAC surveillance. At the time, the expired drugs which were worth two million Naira, were confiscated from his shop and destroyed. Mr. Okoye subsequently wrote a letter of undertaking stating that he would desist from the illegal activities after his conviction in 2015 and was sentenced to three years in prison with an option of N200,000 fine, which he paid to avoid jail term.

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