25th June, 2010
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has declared a medical doctor, simply identified as Arsen and suspected to be a Cameroonian wanted for dispensing unregistered fake Chinese drugs on over 2,670 patients at a clinic in Keffi, Nassarawa, State, Nigeria.
Director-General of NAFDAC, Mr. Paul Orhii told newsmen at a press conference, yesterday that Dr. Arsen runs a clinic, Godâ€™s Will maternity, where patients having been receiving treatment with fake and unregistered Chinese drugs since March 2010.
According to the NAFDAC boss, Dr. Arsen escaped arrested when officials of the agency raided the clinic and discoveredÂ four large â€˜ghana must goâ€™ bags, containing assorted unregistered/ fake drugs with Chinese labels.
Three staff of the clinic who are suspected to be Camerounians Ambelly Remy, Ayissi Abena and Tanga Gabriel were, however, arrested at the premises of the clinic.
The discovery of the clinic and arrest of the three staff was made possible following a tip off from a member of the public who the NAFDAC boss says will be rewarded with a N50, 000 cash.
Items recovered from the clinic, according to the DG include, a massage suit and a desktop computer unit purported to be a therapy machine used by the suspects to defraud their patients and large quantities of leaflets with fake NAFDAC registration number advertising cure for various disease were also recovered.
Appealing to members of the public who may have useful information on the whereabouts of Dr. Arsen, to report to the nearest NAFDAC office, Mr. Orhii cautioned members of the public to be watchful of where they go for treatment and the type of medicine they buy.
He also urged the public to help the agency by volunteering information that will assist them to apprehend makers of fake drug in the country.