The National Agency for Foods, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has raided motor parks and other illegal drug selling points in Jos including Kufang, Miango-Low-Cost Housing Road, Yingi-Rayfield Road and Amusement Park/Solomon Lar Way, all within Jos metropolis.
Following the raid, 50 hawkers were arrested with their drugs packaged in long wooden carriers were ferried into security vehicles.
Mrs. Josephine Dayilim, NAFDAC Deputy Director in charge of North-Central reportedly said that the drug control agency was forced to constitute a team of regulatory officers from the Plateau office after it received several complaints from concerned citizens.
Dayilim reportedly said that most of the wares were sex-enhancing drugs including Tiveka, My Love, Hyergra, Lady Killer, Night Rider, African Viagra, Hyiagra, Hiegra, King of Jelly, Black Force, Black Diamond, among others with very offensive pictures on the packs. Aside from the sex-enhancing drugs, the hawkers also have some antibiotics, antimalarials, analgesics, condoms and even tramadol, which is a controlled drug.
Dayilim advised members of the public to stop patronizing illegal drug hawkers and purchase their drugs only from registered pharmacy outlets and patent medicine stores so as to keep the hawkers out of business.
Dayilim said that NAFDAC had also embarked on massive campaigns to educate members of the public on food safety issues such as misuse of calcium carbide for ripening of banana and other fruits, and the adulteration of palm oil with azodyes to enhance the colour.
“Members of the public should ensure they buy only NAFDAC-approved food, drugs, cosmetics, detergents and packaged drinks. Such products will usually have batch numbers, manufacturing and expiry dates, directions for use and storage conditions,” she reportedly said.