About 24 hawkers and retailers of unregistered ‘aphrodisiacs’ (sex enhancing) herbal medicines have been arrested by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC in Sokoto State.
NAFDAC coordinator in Sokoto, Garba Adamu, confirmed their arrest in a statement.
Adamu added that NAFDAC also impounded six vehicles and public address systems used in selling the aphrodisiacs and some counterfeit medicines.
The products valued at about N2 million were seized in markets and on the streets of Sokoto State.
He disclosed that the products confiscated would be subjected to tests and persons involved would be sanctioned to serve as a deterrent to other peddlers.
Mr Adamu said the exercise was in line with recent pronouncements by NAFDAC’s Director-General, Professor Moji Adeyeye, that hawking of herbal drugs under the scorching sun could cause decomposition of their active ingredients risking users’ health, NAN reports.
He warned the public to be careful of what they consume and desist from patronizing unregistered products and hawkers to support NAFDAC in safeguarding their health.
He added that the agency’s officials have intensified surveillance and inspection in Sokoto and Kebbi States respectively to ensure the quality of products and services.