NAFDAC confiscates drugs worth N50 million in Lagos


The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) recently conducted a targeted raid on drug sellers operating in the Apapa area of Lagos and its environs. The agency’s Investigation and Enforcement Directorate spearheaded the operation, which resulted in the apprehension of numerous hawkers and the confiscation of a wide range of illicit drugs.


They seized illicit drugs worth approximately N50 million during this raid. Among the confiscated drugs were aphrodisiacs, narcotic substances such as tramadol, antibiotics, and over-the-counter medications.


The illicit trade in pharmaceuticals, which not only undermines public health but also fuels drug abuse and addiction across the country, is a grave concern that this seizure underscores. Dr. Mojisola Adeyeye, the Director-General of NAFDAC, emphasised the agency’s commitment to safeguarding public health and ensuring the integrity of the pharmaceutical supply chain.

NAFDAC maintains a zero-tolerance stance towards the distribution and sale of unapproved drugs, emphasising the need for stringent enforcement measures to deter illegal drug activities.


The individuals apprehended during the raid will face prosecution in accordance with the law, with NAFDAC vowing to pursue justice and hold perpetrators accountable for their actions. Additionally, NAFDAC plans to destroy the confiscated drugs to prevent their re-entry into the market and potential threat to public health. In recent years, Nigeria has grappled with the proliferation of counterfeit and substandard drugs, posing significant challenges to public health and safety. NAFDAC’s proactive measures, including targeted raids and intensified surveillance, are aimed at stemming the tide of illicit drug activities and safeguarding the well-being of Nigerians.

By Nnaemeka Odenigbo

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