The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned the public against purchasing cereal or other products that have been removed from their primary packaging so as not to jeopardise their health.
Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, NAFDAC Director-General, gave the warning during a news briefing on Friday in Lagos.
Adeyeye said that the agency was pained because infants and children were the targets and the ultimate victims of such wicked and evil activities.
According to her, the agency is conducting raid operations with success recorded in the area of forfeiture of unwholesome processed cereals, beverages, and dairy products.
She added that this was in order to deal with the incidence of food fraud.
“In the nationwide raid which commenced in July 2021, seven trucks conveying 4,578 cartons of various unlabelled, transparent nylon packed cereals worth over 60 million naira were confiscated by the agency.
“The sources of these various falsely packed cereals and dairy products cannot be verified and, therefore, NAFDAC cannot guarantee the safety of the products for consumption.
“During one of our operations, a suspect declared that the CocoPops, CornFlakes and Oats being displayed for sale in transparent nylons were sourced from LAWMA waste disposal trucks before repackaging into transparent nylons,” she said.
The DG disclosed that its officials raided two warehouses at the Trade Fair Complex in Lagos, where multiple cartons of banned drugs including 10 cartons of Tafradol (Tramadol 225mg) were found.
“It is pertinent to mention that any strength above 100mg not registered is banned due to its deleterious effects on vital organs of the body such as the central nervous system and the brain,” she said.
She said that the banned and falsified drugs in the warehouses owned by one Chuka (Akuamia), who was at large, was estimated to be worth over three billion naira.
Adeyeye said that over 20 truckloads of the offensive products were evacuated from the two locations.
She noted that the products were stored at temperatures above 40oc which ordinarily would denature some of the active ingredients and the excipients.
Adeyeye disclosed that the agency had commenced raids of markets and supermarkets with the aim of mopping up unregistered NAFDAC products.
She said this was in response to credible intelligence indicating that importers were smuggling into the country unregistered regulated products ahead of the festive period.
Adeyeye disclosed that the agency had observed that some fake and counterfeit products were brought into the country through a system known as “Groupage’’, a system where more than two persons load containers with different items from the country of origin.
According to her, this system aids and abets counterfeiting, adding that contraband and unregistered regulated products are concealed and brought into the country through this arrangement.
“We solicit the cooperation of the public, corporate bodies, religious leaders, traditional rulers, health practitioners, gentlemen of the press and all stakeholders in our effort to rid the nation of fake and unwholesome products.
“The counterfeiters are not spirits, they live among us and flaunt their ill-gotten and blood money. To assist us, please report to the nearest NAFDAC office in your neighbourhood, town, or city across the country.
“Consumers are hereby enjoined to ‘shine their eyes’ when making purchases of products and should not patronise roadside and street vendors,” she said.
Two Men Stabs RCCG Pastor To Death After Giving Life To Christ In Lagos
Suspected hoodlums have attacked and killed a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in FESTAC Town, in the Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State.
Punch reports that the victim, Pastor Babatunde Dada, was killed inside the RCCG Chapel of Resurrection on 13 Road, 6th Avenue, FESTAC Town.
The killing, which happened on Thursday, December 2, was saidd to have been perpetrated by two new converts who came to the church for the first time a Sunday before the incident.
The two youths were said to have come out during an altar call and surrendered their lives to Jesus.
The church accommodated them on its premises after they claimed to be stranded.
They had barely spent a week in the church when they reportedly stabbed the cleric to death.
A senior pastor in the church, Akin Odejare, declined comment on the incident.
However, the wife of the pastor, Bose, narrated the incident to newsmen she said she called her husband on the day of the incident and he promised to come home to rest.
She said, “My husband was killed on December 2 at the church. He was the admin/accounts officer, as well as the parish pastor. I was not with him when he was killed, but I was told that they collected money from him. I heard that those who killed him were new converts.”
A family member, who is also a security expert, Mr Abolarinwa Olatunbosun, said the pastor was killed after withdrawing money from a bank.
He said, “The pastor went to a bank to withdraw some money and went to rest on the first floor of the church. Two persons said to be new converts went to meet him upstairs, broke his head and killed him.
“The matter was reported to the police and one of the suspects, who ran to Ilorin, has been arrested.”
Olatunbosun said the killing might be for ritual purposes, adding that the assailants were suspected Internet fraudsters, aka Yahoo boys.
The expert said criminals were beginning to attack churches and pastors because they believed there was money in church.
He advised religious centres to be security conscious and put in place strategies that could stop criminals from killing, kidnapping and robbing leaders and worshippers.
A friend of the slain pastor, Fred Enemigin, who is the founder, Highflyers International, Lagos, said in a Facebook post that the pastor was stabbed multiple times.
He wrote, “Two boys had come to church last Sunday and they responded to the altar call by giving their lives to Christ. After church service, they waited to see the head pastor and told him that they were stranded without any place to stay.
“On compassionate grounds, the pastor allowed them to stay somewhere within the church premises pending when they would be resettled. Pastor Tunde Dada, who had for almost a decade been the accountant of RCCG Chapel of Resurrection Parish, was assigned to provide needed welfare for the boys until their matter would be sorted.
“On the fateful Thursday, Tunde was seated in his office and the boys targeting that they were alone on the church premises with him, entered his office and attacked him with knives and other sharp weapons. He was stabbed multiple times and places until they had him killed right there on the spot.
“Our minds are still searching for what the rift between the boys and Tunde was considering the fact that the Tunde we knew was a very gentle soul. Could they have asked for more welfare than what was approved for them and Tunde declined? What on earth would warrant this brutal killing by those who were recipients of a server of the church’s benevolence? There are many more questions that we have not found answers to.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu, said he had yet to be briefed about the case.
Six Students Expelled From Kwara State Poly For Submitting Fake OND Result
Kwara State Polytechnic has expelled six Higher National Diploma (HND) students for submitting fake Ordinary National Diploma (OND) certificates.
The school management made the announcement on Wednesday.
A statement by the Principal Assistant Registrar, Academic Matter Board, Mr Onikoko Saliu, accused the affected students of forging their ND certificates.
The statement read in part, “Sequel to the discovery of your involvement in the submission of fake/forged National Diploma certificates, contrary to the matriculation oath you swore to, the Kwara State Polytechnic management has approved your immediate expulsion from the polytechnic.
“Your expulsion is in line with the provision in the reviewed Students’ Information and Regulation Handbook, 2019.”
“You have therefore ceased to be a student at the polytechnic and should hand over all polytechnic properties in your possession to the Head of Department or the appropriate polytechnic officials.
The affected Students include Jessey Osariemhen, Department of Estate Management (HND19ETMFT137); Quadir Toheeb Olamilekan, Department of Business Administration (HND19BAMFT600); and Eyeowa Tomiwa Oluwakemi, Department of Public Administration (HND19PADFT592.)
Others are Yusuf Zainab Abake, Department of Public Administration (HND19PADFT592); Lawal Abdulrahman Lawal, Department of Banking and Finance (HND19BFNFT380); and Adeyeye Ademola Blessing, Department of Banking and Finance, (HND19BFNFT555).”
The polytechnic also advised the affected students to strictly comply with the directive so as to avoid litigation.
EFCC arraigns lawyer for N4.2m land fraud
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Maiduguri Zonal Command today, December 8, 2021 arraigned one Hussaini Mohammed Hussaini, a legal practitioner before Justice Aisha Kumaliya of the State High Court sitting in Maiduguri on a one count charge of land fraud to the tune of N4, 200, 000.00 (Four Million, Two Hundred Thousand Naira).
The defendant allegedly swindled the nominal complainant over sale of two plots of land which he claimed he had the owners’ instruction to sell.
However, investigation revealed that the defendant was neither a custodian of the land nor acquainted with the owner.
The charge reads: ‘‘That you, Hussaini M. Hussaini sometime in September, 2021 at Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court fraudulently induced Suleiman Abiodun by deceiving him to deliver the total sum of Four Million, Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N4, 200, 000.00), being money allegedly for the payment of two plots of land measuring 200ft by 100ft lying and situated at 44G Damboa Road, between Federal Road Safety Office and Federal Metro Radio Station, via Bank transfer from his Zenith Bank account number 2083694059 to account number 2119265725 domiciled at UBA, with account name; Alhassan Sanusi, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 320 of Penal Code Law Cap 102, Laws of Borno State 1994 and punishable under Section 322 of the same Law.’’
The defendant pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charge.
Upon his plea, prosecution counsel, Fatsuma Mohammed asked for a trial date and urged the court to remand the defendant in the Correctional Centre. Attempt by counsel to the defendant, Ernest Bayo to move oral bail application for his client was refused as Justice Kumaliya insisted that bail application must be filed and served on all parties including the court before his prayer could be heard.
She adjourned the matter till January 17, 2022 for commencement of trial.
The defendant was remanded in the Correctional Facility.
In a similar development, one David Osigbe Irumekhai was also arraigned before Justice Kumaliya for his alleged involvement in a N9, 900, 000.00 (Nine Million, Nine Hundred Thousand Naira) contract scam.
David obtained the money from his victim under the guise of financing five ‘Purchase Orders’ purportedly emanating from Terres Des Homme, International Medical Corps and International Organization for Migration and promised to pay back once the contracts were executed.
He however converted the money for his own use, deploying a huge chunk into funding his sports betting account.
The charge reads: ‘‘That you David Osigbe Irumekhai sometime in November, 2020 in Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court dishonestly converted to your own use the total sum of Nine Million Nine Hundred Thousand Naira (N9, 900, 000.00) being money belonging to Nuhu Titus and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 308 of Penal Code Law Cap 102, Laws of Borno State 1994 and Punishable under Section 309 of the same Law.’’
He pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him.
In view of his plea, prosecution counsel, Fatsuma Mohammed asked for a trial date and urged the court to remand the defendant in prison.
Justice Kumaliya adjourned the matter till January 25, 2022 for commencement of trial and remanded the defendant in the Correctional Centre.
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