Unregistered Aphrodisiacs: NAFDAC closes two stores in Abuja

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NAFDAC, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, closed two stores in Abuja on Wednesday for allegedly selling unapproved items to Nigerians.

The shops are at the Zuba Central motor park and the Utako major market.

Unregistered aphrodisiac goods include Hajiya Ayesha Snuff, AK47, Bulletproof, and Hajiya Aysha Maisanda.

According to Mr Tamanuwa Baba, Deputy Director, Investigation and Enforcement Directorate, NAFDAC, the raid was prompted by intelligence inputs concerning the outlets.

“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.

“We found a lot of unregistered products in the two shops. We will begin immediate investigations,” he said.

Baba stated that the agency had apprehended the sales agent in the Zuba business till the owner returned 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.”

He claimed that a similar collection of merchandise was discovered in a shop called Kabo Investment Ltd in Utako.

He said it was frightening that some of the products had entered the Nigerian market and were quickly spreading because the agency had undertaken a similar operation in Sokoto where some of the products were removed from a shop.

“I can tell you that Pyridine which is the chemical that is contained in some of these products can cause cancer, skin irritation and even lead to death.”

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