NAFDAC to destroy N50m alcohol in illegal Lagos factory

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has said it will destroy products worth N50 million in an illegal alcohol drinks factory in Lagos State that has been shut down.

NAFDAC enforcement officers, aided by intelligence from the Nigerian Army’s 15 Field Engineering Regiment in Badagry, dismantled the operations of Mr. Chinedu Okafor, an illegal drinks manufacturer operating from his residence at No. 24, MTN Road, Badagry, according to a statement on Sunday.

It said Okafor’s suspicious activities caught the attention of the Nigerian Army, leading to his arrest and subsequent handover to NAFDAC officers at the Ports Inspection Directorate, Seme Border.

“Upon inspection, officers evacuated all equipment and materials used in the production of illicit drinks, and effectively shut down the illegal factory,” the agency said. “Investigations revealed that Okafor’s longstanding involvement in this criminal activity has potentially compromised regulated alcohol drinks in the Badagry area.”

NAFDAC emphasised the need for public vigilance and urges citizens to report suspicious activities to safeguard public health.

“Mr Okafor will face prosecution, and all offending products will be destroyed, with an estimated value exceeding N50 million,” it said.

Drinking adulterated alcohol can cause nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, drowsiness, and dizziness, blue tinged or pale skin, irregular or slow breathing, low body temperature, unconsciousness or passing out, according to the statement.

“It can also lead to kidney and liver failure or even death. Methanol, a substance which can be used in fake vodka, may cause permanent blindness.”

The agency pointed out that the World Health Organization, in their Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health, estimated that more than three million people died all over the world as a result of alcohol poisoning.

It said the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) ascertained that one of every 10 cancer cases in Nigeria can be traced to Alcohol and 4.7 percent of overall cancer cases in Nigeria in 2019 can be attributed to consumption of adulterated alcohol.

“While urging Nigerians to remain vigilant, the agency is also tasking consumers to always scrutinise branded drinks to distinguish them from counterfeits before consuming them.”

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