Written by Scholastica JOSEPH

Fake drug: Nigeria laws too lenient, says former NAFDAC DG

The former Director General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii, has said that Nigeria’s laws are too lenient to punish drug counterfeiters.
Orhii, who stated this in a chat with journalists in his home in Makurdi, lamented that drug counterfeiting remains a big problem in the West African sub region, particularly, Nigeria.
He said one of the challenges bedeviling the fight against fake drugs in the country is the lapses Nigerian drug laws and according to him, if these laws are not reviewed, drug counterfeiters would continue to go scott free.
He explained that the maximum penalty for producing and distributing fake drugs was a five year jail term and an alternative of N500, 000. 
“This amount is nothing to drug counterfeiters rather we need to the review our laws in order to impose a more severe punishment for offenders.”
He said while serving as DG of NAFDAC, he setup a panel to review the drugs law, which proposed a life jail term for drug offenders.
"Personally, I had wanted a death sentence because as far as I'm concerned, a drug counterfeiter is a mass murderer and should be hanged", he insisted but according to him, some civil right activists kicked against the death sentence saying it was no longer popular around the world.
"We also proposed that in a situation where we can prove that the fake drug has cause severe body injury on the victims, some of the assets of the criminals should be confiscated and used to compensate the victims of the crime", he said.

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