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Businessman Held Over Fake Anti-malaria Import

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) yesterday said it had apprehended a 32-year-old businessman, Obinna Igbo, for alleged importation and sale of fake Amanta Forte, an unregistered anti-malarial drug.

The businessman has been arraigned before a Federal High Court on four counts of unlawful importation, possession, sale, and distribution of fake Amanta Forte soft gel (Artemether 80mg + Lumefantrine 480mg Capsules) drug at Head Bridge Market Onitsha, Anambra State.

A statement by the Resident Media Consultant to NAFDAC, Sayo Akintola, in Lagos, said the defendant sold the fake drugs at Shop E200, Freedom Line, Onitsha Head Bridge Market after importing the consignment into the country.

Upon intelligence, Director General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye said that officials of the Investigation and Enforcement Directorate of the Agency raided three pharmaceutical outlets at Head bridge market Onitsha; namely Triphon Point Global limited, Emma Medicals Nigeria Limited and Ekeh Mountain Global Ventures Limited.

According to the NAFDAC boss, the offending product was found in Triphon Point Global Limited, and was evacuated.

She said that although the offending product was not found on their shelves, their sales books revealed that the product was sold by them. The three shops were placed on hold while the managing directors were invited for further interrogation.

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