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NAFDAC crackdown on illegal alcoholic bitters, ‘man power’ drugs

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  • arrests three, shut down factories

The National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has commenced a nationwide clampdown on all illegal manufacturers and distributors of alcoholic bitters and ‘man power’ herbal medicines across the country with a view to bringing perpetrators to book and minimize the usage of the substance.

Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, disclosed this in Abuja, at the Press briefing, she noted that illegal factories involved in the production of such unauthorized products has been shut down and three owners arrested.

She observed that findings from various operations carried out revealed a dangerous trend in the use of such substances laced with high concentrations of tobacco and sometimes cannabis by the populace cutting across all genders and age groups particularly Artisans, Drivers and okada riders among others

Adeyeye stated that the agency received a series of reports on the use of herbal preparation popularly known as ‘Kurkura’, particularly in the South West and Northern axis of the country and tgen swung into action and carried out intelligence and enforcement action.

According to her, The ‘Kurkura’ herbal preparations discovered in circulations included: Five Minutes Power Herbs Medicine, Haonu Laha Herbal Mixture, Gamzaki Tradomedical Herbal Ventures, Barakallahu Multipurpose Herbal Mixture, Sabon Karfi Herbal Mixture,” she said.

She noted that the agency has impounded the following dangerous herbal aphrodisiac at some Islamic Herbal Medicines shops in Zaria, Kaduna State, Gagare Man Power; Minister For Man Power; Almenjou For Lazy Men in Bed; Nisan Zango Karfin Maza; Shagalin Ka Man Power; Dakan Jia Man Power enhancement; Wuff Male Sexual Performance and Afafata For Sexual Drive.

The NAFDAC boss noted that among the above, only Haonu Laha Herbal Mixture is registered, nonetheless laced with unapproved substances that are injurious to the body.

She explained that Kurkura is an illicit product illegally consumed for the sole aim of getting intoxicated adding that the substance when abused can be harmful to the body organs such as the brain, kidney and liver. “The damage to Kidney and Liver cannot be overemphasized”.

The NAFDAC boss further noted that the substance can cause irrational thinking, an altered state of mind, which if taken by a driver can lead to a Road Traffic Accident with the attendant fatality consequences, or can lead to criminal behaviours such as rape, kidnapping and murder.

She said, “Another herbal preparation that is of concern is aphrodisiac and we have discovered the lacing of it with cannabis. In our recent operation, we impounded the following dangerous herbal aphrodisiac at some Islamic Herbal Medicines shops in Zaria, Kaduna State: Gagare Man Power, Minister For Man Power Almenjou For Lazy Men in Bed, Nisan Zango Karfin Maza, Shagalin Ka Man Power Dakan Jia Man Power Enhancement, Wuff Male Sexual Performance and Afafata For Sexual Drive

“Worthy of note is the discovery of the usage of Hyergra 200(Sildenafil Citrate tablet), Amafranil tablets (Clomipramine tablet 25mg) and Cannon Extra (Paracetamol 500mg+Caffeine 30mg) in the production room. The owner admitted that he dissolves the Hyergra 200, Cannon Extra and the Amafranil in a drum and mixes the content with boiled Kanafari, Garlic, Dundu, Marke, Hankufa, Sweetener and Sodium Benzoate to make up the Man Power preparation. Yet the label on the preparation read 100%Herbal. The effect of such preparation on a person with heart challenges can only be imagined”,.

“Alcoholic bitters product that is of grave concern is Japata Alcoholic bitters which were duly registered by NAFDAC but laced with marijuana or cannabis compared to the registered product that had only ethanol. Through intelligence, NAFDAC was able to shut down the company. This product when tested in the laboratory caused the death of the mice within five minutes. The alcoholic content was doubled compared with the registered product”, she added.

Adeyeye said that the agency will continue with the raid on other illegal production outlets and the perpetrators will be dealt with in line with the extant laws and regulations. This drives home the fact that eradication of fake and counterfeit drugs, adulterated and unwholesome processed foods and other regulated products is a holistic battle which should involve every well-meaning Nigerian”.

She further called on the consumers of NAFDAC-regulated products to be watchful of drugs, food and other regulated products they purchase and report any suspicious activities within their environment to the nearest NAFDAC office.

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