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Kano State destroys illegal drugs

04 April 2014, 08:43

Abuja - Counterfeit and illicit drugs valued at more than N318 million have been destroyed in Kano State.

Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso oversaw the destruction in Farawa, a popular suburb of Kano city.

According to the governor, the drugs were seized at Tannery warehouse, Bompai, Airport road and some markets in Kano metropolis.

“It is only in Nigeria and places like Nigeria that people sell medicine anyhow and in unauthorized places,” Kwankwaso said.

The Governor added that this would not augur well for the wellbeing of the citizenry and the nation. He said if such measures are not taken, the teeming youth of the nation would be exposed to drug abuse and its related consequences, noting that his administration is doing its better to check the menace.

He expressed satisfaction that the federal government is also taking steps to halt sale of drugs in the open market, pointing out that the move would go a long way in addressing the twin problems of drug trafficking and abuse.

The State Commissioner of Health, Dr Abubakar Yusuf said this was the seventh time the state had destroyed fake and illicit drugs under the present administration.

He added that the federal government had announced that by June 30, drugs and medicines would not be sold in open market places.

The Chairman of the State Committee on Counterfeit Drugs, Ali Adamu, appealed to the state government to amend sections of its Panel Code to pave way for the committee to work more efficiently.

– CAJ News

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