The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has arrested a fake Cameroonian,Justin Sitamze, who specialises in prescribing, selling and administering unregistered Chinese drugs to unsuspecting members of the public.
The agency’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Anslem Okonkwor, in a statement on Monday, said Sitamze, who claimed to be a doctor, was arrested at his illegal clinic on a mosque premises in Ajegunle, Lagos State by operatives of its Directorate of Enforcement.
It said the operatives, acting on a tip-off and after a successful surveillance of the area, swooped on the premises where the suspect was allegedly caught in the act with three of his workers.
The statement quoted the Director of Enforcement, Mr. Garba Macdonald, as saying that the suspect was using some electronic medical devices in his clinic.
Macdonald said the suspect would, after carrying out the tests, prescribes and administers the unregistered Chinese products on his clients.
He condemned the activities of the suspect, saying operatives had been on his trail following information on the location of the clinic.
He said the drugs had been confiscated while the suspect had been handed over to the police for further investigations.
Macdonald said, “I appeal to the public to be wary of such people and ensure they purchase their drugs from licensed pharmacies and recognised patent medicine stores.
“The drugs recovered from the illegal clinic were labelled in Chinese language without English interpretations. “
Macdonald warned that their quality could not be guaranteed by NAFDAC for human consumption.
He also claimed that the suspect, in his statement, had admitted to the crime, arguing that he was trained in China and licensed as a trado-medical practitioner.