Nigerian Authorities Arrest Man Producing Counterfeit Water for Injection

Water for Injection

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) recently issued a statement confirming the arrest of one Daniel Ezekwelu for allegedly producing fake Water for Injection (WFI) within two compounds at Ojoto village near Nnewi, Anambra state.

The suspect was arrested during a raid by the Federal Task Force on Fake and Counterfeit. According to NAFDAC, two under-aged girls were discovered filling and sealing the fake WFI products in plain view of Ezekwelu. The agency added that the production took place between 8:00am and 3:00pm every day, with the finished products transported to market at night.

Items recovered during the raid included plastic containers, gas cylinders and packs of the fake water for injection labelled ‘Sterilized water for injection BP’ and claiming a manufacturing date of 2015 and expiry date of 2020. The labels claimed the WFI – packed as 100 x 10ml vials – was produced by Hossanna Laboratories Ltd, Surrey.

In a statement released by NAFDAC, the agency highlighted other cases including a recent case involving distribution of fake Peak milk – one of the leading milk brands in Nigeria sold by a FrieslandCampina subsidiary.

NAFDAC stated that a transport vehicle containing several cartons of the Peak Milk products (batch numbers 28 2C; PD 04:16; BB 12:17) suspected of being counterfeit was intercepted and seized while on its way to Lagos. Upon further investigation, one Onyekachi Ikegwuonu was arrested.

The investigations are currently pending.

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