– NAFDAC has arrested a man suspected to specialise in the importation and sale of fake insecticides
– The NAFDAC Director-General said they had been on the trail of the suspect for two years since 2015
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has said it arrested Mr. Obumneme Okpala, a man suspected to be behind a syndicate specialising in the importation, distribution, warehousing and sale of counterfeit insecticides.
According to NAFDAC, the market value of goods recovered from Okpala is N50m, adding that the product was imported from China.
The Acting Director-General, NAFDAC, Mr. Ademola Magbojuri, said that the suspect in 2015 had imported a 40-feet container of Kilit insecticide through the Onne Port in Rivers State.
“While the investigation was still going on in the aforementioned case and to our utmost surprise, we found that Okpala had not changed his bad ways but has only changed tactics.”
The NAFDAC acting DG disclosed that the agency had been on the trail of the suspect for two years, adding that following a tip-off, the team of NAFDAC investigation and enforcement officers were directed to carry out proper investigation into the intelligence report.
Magbojuri added that Okpala would be prosecuted accordingly.
He listed items recovered from him as 1,539 cartons of Royal Dream insecticide and 52 cartons of Kilit insecticide.