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Charitable organisations used as dumping grounds for fake goods and drugs – NAFDAC



Charitable organisations and faith-based houses are used as dumping ground by most foreign donors who give out banned products to them in the name of donations this was made known by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) who raised the alarm.

The agency, which stated this at a press conference in Lagos on Thursday, warned such faith-based organisations and charitable non-governmental organisations to be wary of such donations, urging them to properly scrutinise donated items.

“We advise faith-based and charitable organisations to contact NAFDAC before the shipment of any donated NAFADAC-regulated items to Nigeria,” the Director, Investigation and Enforcement, NAFDAC, Mr. Kingsley Ejiofor, stated.

He also said that NAFDAC intercepted counterfeit and fake alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks valued at N200m at the Ogbaru Relief Market, Onitsha, Anambra State.

Ejiofor stated that the discovery was made following intelligence reports, which made the NAFDAC investigation and enforcement unit as well as the Federal Task Force on Counterfeit and Unwholesome Processed Foods to storm several shops in the market used as the base for the production, distribution, sale and storage of fake versions of popular brands of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

He said the beverages were produced by manual mixing in plastic buckets and filled into bottles under very unhygienic conditions within the market premises.

“The team also discovered a container load of fake holograms, labels and packaging materials of the counterfeited brands,” Ejiofor stated.

He added that six suspects had been arrested, among whom was a pregnant woman, Chikezie Ogaejiofor.

The agency said it also carried out several raids on the nation’s seaports, adding that at the Tin Can Island Port, Lagos, it discovered a consignment of 95 cartons of expired gloves and 595 crates of expired Smart Wellness Drinks, which were falsely declared by the manufacturer as 5,080 packs of medical equipment and books.

According to him, the agency also intercepted a consignment of sulphuric acid in front of an uncompleted building at Agbara area of Ogun State, adding that the suspect diluted the original concentration of 99.9 per cent to 50 per cent and relabelled it.

“The suspect has no chemical permit and the facility is not licensed to carry out such a sensitive and hazardous operation. It was also observed that there was no technical staff attached to the company,” Ejiofor explained.

He added that the agency equally seized containers and cartons of fake controlled pharmaceutical products and medical devices at the Apapa Port, including fake versions of popular pain killers in unapproved and life-threatening strength.

The NAFDAC director advised consumers to be watchful of known brands of drugs, foods and other  regulated products, saying that they should not hesitate to report any suspicious activities within their neighbourhoods to the agency.

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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Court Orders Release Of Sen. Ndume From Kuje Prison



Court Orders Release Of Sen. Ndume From Kuje Prison

Ali Ndume

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted bail to Senator Ali Ndume who was detained in prison on Monday following the failure to produce Abdulrasheed Maina in court.

This was made known by the presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang in a ruling on Friday, November 27.

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He stated that he chose to grant the senator bail based on his record of good behaviour before the court, notwithstanding that the other grounds of his bail application failed.

Justice Abang granted bail to Senator Ndume pending the hearing and determination of the Borno South Senator’s appeal filed at the Court of Appeal to challenge Monday’s order.

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We Deliberately Shut Down Refineries – NNPC GMD



We Deliberately Shut Down Refineries – NNPC GMD

NNPC boss, Mele Kyari

The Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, has expressed that the corporation deliberately shut down the nation’s refineries because they became unsustainable.

The GMD disclosed this when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Upstream in Abuja.

He pointed out that the NNPC was unable to supply crude oil to the refineries, adding that the Excravos pipeline is the only one the NNPC managed to sustain through the contracting process.

He went on to express that it is practically impossible to run pipelines at their optimum capacity.

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“For instance, to run Kaduna and Warri refinery, you need to deliver 170,000 barrel of oil per day so that both will operate at 70 percent capacity,” he said.

Kyari said that at the moment, it only had over 5,000 kilometers of pipelines with 13 fuel depots, which according to him must be protected to forestall the activities of vandals.

“And I can tell you today that except the Atlas cove to Ibadan line and also the Portharcourt to Aba line, none of these pipelines is serviced.

“We cannot flow product into these lines, the cheap one is to say they are aged but the real reason is that the level of activities of vandals on these lines is gross, monumental, and profound.

“At every point within a month we fix 80 vandal points, the option is to shut them down and the result of having one depot is what we have seen in Lagos,” he said.

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Lai Mohammed Denies Announcing N5m Hate Speech Fine



Minister Of Information, Lai Mohammed, Denies Announcing N5m Hate Speech Fine

Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has denied that he announced the increment of the speech fine from N500,000 to N5 million.

He made this known in a counter-affidavit in response to a suit filed against him at a federal high court in Lagos.

Recall that some months ago, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) announced an amendment to the broadcasting code, where the increment of the new fine was announced.

Recall that weeks after the announcement, NBC fined Nigeria Info FM for alleged hate speech after interviewing Obadiah Mailafia, former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), who alleged that a northern governor is one of the leaders of Boko Haram.

However, Human Rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong proceeded to the court to challenge the fine.

Also Read: BREAKING: NBC Fines Radio Station N5m For Hate Speech

However, in the affidavit deposed by Sunday Ojobo, an official of the Information ministry, the minister said he never announced the increase of the hate speech fine.

“Paragraph 19 is denied. The 2nd defendant (Mohammed) did not announce an increment in any fine for hate speech from N500,000 to N5,000,000 or any other because there is a governmental body or institution mandated to regulate and enforce the Nigerian Broadcasting Code,” an affidavit deposed to by a Litigation Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Sunday Ojobo, reads.

The minister further stated that the constitution allows for human rights to be suspended for the sake of national interest.

He wrote, “The constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria provides for derogation from fundamental rights in the interest of public safety, public order and for the purpose of protecting the rights and freedom of other persons.”

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