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NAFDAC to prosecute manufacturer of fake alcohol arrested in Lagos

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An unlawful alcohol manufacturing manufacturing facility working in Badagry, Lagos State, has been shut down by the Nationwide Company for Meals and Drug Administration and Management (NAFDAC).

The company, in a press release Sunday famous that its enforcement officers, aided by intelligence from the Nigerian Military’s 15 Subject Engineering Regiment in Badagry, dismantled the operations of Chinedu Okafor, the producer of the unlawful drinks.

Mr Okafor stated to be working from his residence, will face prosecution, and all unlawful merchandise, with an estimated worth of over ₦50,000,000, might be destroyed.

NAFDAC defined that the producer’s actions caught the eye of the Nigerian Military, resulting in his arrest and subsequent handover to NAFDAC officers on the Ports Inspection Directorate, Seme Border.

“Upon inspection, officers evacuated all gear and supplies used within the manufacturing of illicit drinks and successfully shut down the unlawful manufacturing facility,” it stated.

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“Investigations revealed Mr Okafor’s longstanding involvement within the legal exercise, which has doubtlessly compromised regulated alcohol drinks within the Badagry space.”

Adulterated alcohol

NAFDAC additional defined that consuming adulterated alcohol could cause nausea and vomiting, belly ache, drowsiness, dizziness, irregular or sluggish respiration, low physique temperature, and unconsciousness, amongst others.

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It famous that adulterated alcohol may also result in kidney and liver failure and even loss of life, including that methanol, a substance which can be utilized in pretend vodka, might trigger everlasting blindness.

NAFDAC cited WHO’s World Standing Report on Alcohol and Well being, which estimated that globally, greater than three million folks die yearly on account of alcohol poisoning.

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Additionally, the Worldwide Company for Analysis on Most cancers (IARC) revealed that one in each ten most cancers instances in Nigeria might be traced to alcohol and 4.7 per cent of general most cancers instances in Nigeria in 2019 might be attributed to the consumption of adulterated alcohol.

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Alcohol manufacturing facility in Badagry

NAFDAC emphasised the necessity for public vigilance and urged residents to report suspicious actions to safeguard public well being.

In March, the company uncovered unlawful actions involving the manufacturing and distribution of varied manufacturers of alcoholic drinks on the Commerce Truthful Complicated in Lagos State.

NAFDAC’s Investigation and Enforcement Directorate discovered mini plastic mixing tanks, improvised filters, cartons of empty bottles with intact labels, corks, packaging supplies, and various already produced and packaged drinks.

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Earlier than shopping for alcohol, NAFDAC steered that Nigerians ought to think about the “4 Ps”, that are the place, worth, packaging and product.

“Purchase solely NAFDAC-registered drinks from respected and licenced retailers, bars and supermarkets,” NAFDAC stated.

“If the product is offered nicely under its regular worth or doesn’t appear to incorporate regular liquor taxes, it’s most likely pretend.

It added that Nigerians ought to verify for poor-quality packaging, spelling errors and unusually formed bottles to determine the standard of the product.

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The Director Basic of NAFDAC, Mojisola Adeyeye, was quoted to have reiterated that NAFDAC will proceed to make sure that the extent of counterfeit merchandise nationwide is delivered to the closest minimal.

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‘’The general public is enjoined to report any suspicious exercise of unlawful producers of adulterated merchandise or related actions to the closest NAFDAC workplace nationwide,” Mrs Adeyeye stated.



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