The Kano State Consumer Protection Council (KCPC) has expressed concern that distributors of fake drugs are now using Dangote and BUA trucks to transport counterfeit and expired medicines to the state.
The Acting Managing Director of the KCPC, Baffa Dan’agundi
said the affected individuals adopted the new method of transportation following the relocation of luxury buses’ parks from Sabongari to the outskirts of Kano.
“Since it is difficult to transport these fake drugs through luxury buses ,they were now using Dangote and BUA trucks to deliver the goods,” Dan’agundi said .
He, however, stated that “though the Dangote and BUA managements were not aware of this shady attitude being perpetrated by their drivers, I warn that whoever is involved in this illegal business would be arrested and taken to court.”
The KCPC boss disclosed this on Sunday while briefing newsmen in Kano.
He said the agency has succeeded in confiscating fake and expired goods worth over N1 billion within three months.
The agency, he also disclosed, within the period under review, arrestted 13 persons, while it secured nine arrest warrant, with most of the suspects at large.
He said the fake goods are being kept inside the warehouse, adding that most of the seizures were effected at Sabongari and Singer markets.
According to him, some of those arrested persons opted for plea bargain which is allowed in law, adding that such offenders have to agree to forfeit the goods confiscated from them, as well as paid the fine imposed by the court before they are released.
He further disclosed that the” fake drugs confiscated from those nine people on the run can not be burnt until they were apprehended and taken to court. ”
He said the relocation of luxury buses out of Sabongari to outskirt of the state capital has drastically reduced transportation of fake and expired goods from Southern part of the country.
Speaking further, he said six restaurant workers tested positive to Hepatitis B out of the three restaurants recently inspected by the agency, noting the need for others to send their workers to laboratory for test.
Commenting on the recent order for immediate closure of all restaurants, bakery homes, drinking water producing companies and other food processing companies without health certificate, Dan’agundi said “it is in the right direction to save lives from unscrupulous people.”