LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has confirmed the sealing of two shops in Abuja, for allegedly selling unapproved products to Nigerians.
The shops, located in Zuba Central motor park and Utako main market were on 5 April, sealed by the operatives of NAFDAC.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some of the unregistered products said to be aphrodisiacs are: “Hajiya Ayesha Snuff, AK47, Bulletproof, and Hajiya Aysha Maisanda.
Deputy Director, investigation and Enforcement directorate (NAFDAC), Mr Tamanuwa Baba, said the operation followed intelligence reports received about the shops.
“The products are meant to boost sexual performance and some were said to have been manufactured in Ghana.
“NAFDAC laboratory analysis indicates that these products contain a chemical substance called Pyridine which is a potentially harmful to the human body.
“I can tell you that Pyridine can cause cancer, skin irritation and even lead to death.
“We found a lot of unregistered products in the two shops. We will begin immediate investigations,” he said.
Baba stated that the agency has been able to arrest the sales representative in the Zuba shop pending when the owner of the shop returns from his journey.
“We will get in touch with the owner of the shop on where he is sourcing these products from, but from the label on the products, some of them were allegedly manufactured in Ghana.
“What the sellers are saying is that these products usually make them high and some said that the product is used as an aphrodisiac.
“After the investigation, these products are going to be destroyed because they have not been registered by us.
According to Baba, similar sets of the products were also discovered in a shop somewhere in Utako known as Kabo Investment Limited.
He expressed regret, noting that unfortunately, some of the products have flooded the Nigerian market and are fast selling, based on a similar operation conducted by the agency in Sokoto.