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SON Apprehends Importer who Specialises in Re-packaging & Sales of Expired Products

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Joseph Udeh, owner of Jouf Nigeria Limited, located at No. 10 Faith Street, off Comfort Oboh Street, Kirikiri Road, Apapa, Lagos, has been apprehended by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) for dealing in the repackaging and sales of expired products.

SON’s Director of Monitoring & Compliance, Engr. Bede Obayi, who took journalists round a twin four-storey building located in Kirikiri Town, Lagos on Monday said they got to know of Udeh’s dealings following a tip-off by members of the public.

According to Vanguard, all sorts of expired cosmetics and household consumables were found in the flats.

“We acted on the intelligence we received from well-meaning Nigerians. You can see the volume of expired products here and imagine the implication for our society in terms of health issues.

When somebody buys expired cream, what does it show? You are applying cream that the active ingredient has gone and that may cause reactions on the skin.

More importantly, you are dealing with products that children use. Look at baby diapers that expired in 2015. Imagine what a product that expired in 2015 will do to a baby if used in 2017,” Obayi said.

Obayi, who said most of the products are popular brands imported into the country, added:

Perhaps they went overseas to buy these products that are close to their expiry dates and shipped them down here, because they have ready markets where people can buy.

This four-storey building of eight flats with the toilets, bathrooms and all available spaces (is) filled with expired products. That tells you the enormity of the crime this person is committing.

Look at this wrapper for disinfectant. What they do is to pick the expired ones and use this wrapper with new expiry dates to wrap it. When you have the old products inside this wrap that carries 2018 as expiry date, you will not know you are buying cloned products. The products have lost their active ingredients and efficacy.

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According to PUNCH, Udeh claimed that he was waiting for officials of the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), to come and destroy the expired products.

“We invite NAFDAC every year to come and destroy the expired goods but they do not come as often as we need them to and sometimes when they come, they would insist on destroying only a limited number, two truckloads of goods, maybe,” he said.

Responding to Udeh’s claim the Public Relations Officer of NAFDAC, Christy Obiazikwor, said the man is using the agency as an excuse to cover up for his crime.

“What he is saying is not even logical. If he invited NAFDAC to destroy the products, why is he then changing label on them?” she told PUNCH.

Reacting to Udeh’s claim, Obayi said “What we have seen here is a dubious warehouse or hideout where people are churning out expired products for the markets.”

Obayi, who said most of the products have entered the market, added that as investigation continues, SON will recall those already sold out.

“We have our offices throughout the nation and are going to escalate the recall process immediately, where we will get all the details of their transaction, so that anywhere these products are, we will pick them with the cost to the importer.

SON cannot accept this and those who are out to kill Nigerians. We will not allow them to be selling things like this, killing people in the name of merchandising.

We don’t want to continue to see people with illnesses caused by people who are out to kill by changing expiry dates,” he said.

15 Comments

  1. Benson Ossai

    March 14, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    How people could be so heartless and wicked is beyond me.Just long hisssssssssssssssssssss.

  2. Lala

    March 14, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    9 out of 10 times, the culprit will be Igbo. As long as they make money, it doesn’t matter.
    How did the items get cleared at customs? Nigerians are the most corrupt people I know. Smh. It is people like this that killed Eric Arubayi with expired malaria medicine.

    • MadamYe...

      March 14, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      Ohhh Lala…You went there…Covers eyes…

    • Deedee

      March 14, 2017 at 1:41 pm

      It’s sad to note that it’s our Ibo brothers that go to india and request for substandard pharmaceutical products .they make pills in rooms ,mix in chalk.what do the Indians care…
      The Lebanese too take liberties

    • Ebere

      March 15, 2017 at 4:44 am

      9 out of 10 times, a yoruba custom officer cleared the goods, so you see, corruption is a disease of the nation Nigeria and not a particular ethnic group. The earlier you stopped this tribalistic shenanigan of yours , the better it is for the future our children.

    • Ogbuefi

      March 15, 2017 at 9:13 am

      Nwanne m, not all the fake drugs are imported. Some are Ibo-made (chalk in place of active ingredient..) Late Prof Akunyili took the war to Onitsha Head Bridge Market (HQ of fake drugs market) in her lifetime but was overwhelmed by the Kingpins. What is bad is bad. In Customs, there is a racket, you can never ‘chop’ alone else they eliminate you. Yorubas may be the Field Officers but there are other tribes in the Hierarchy that wait for returns from such illegal duties. IPOB is keeping quiet over these social vices that involve a lot of Ibos like fake drugs & adulterated products, hard drugs, 419, kidnapping, baby factory, organ harvesting etc and I wonder what kind of freedom they claim to pursue. God bless Nigeria

  3. meelikey

    March 14, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    I only saw KIRIKIRI road and it just occurred to me that this evil man did not allow the word minister repentance to his conscience.

  4. dhoney

    March 14, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    …Kirikiri Road ?…ahahah that`s quite close to his next home (Maximum Prison) where he would probably spend his next 10yrs. ahahah

  5. Pippa

    March 14, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Why are so many igbos like this

    Do you see so desperate for money to acquire materialistic wealth you’ll kill your fellow people. That is so wicked. That’s how the other guy just died last month and left his wife and baby cos of taking expired drugs.

    I am neither igbo no Yoruba so don’t even go there. I am stating facts. And I tell it like it is

    Some of you are Disgracing the whole tribe. Yall need to stop this.

  6. Tee

    March 14, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Later they will say Nigeria is a zoo.. I can imagine what their Utopia would be like, Association of Hardworkers of Nigeria.

  7. SmashingM

    March 14, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    They are taking advantage of our love for imported goods. Even the made in Nigeria goods, some are nothing to write home about. Where do we go to? to whom do we hold responsible for this? God help us.

  8. YYC Mama

    March 14, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    I used to buy my moisturizers, baby wipes, skin products, air freshner e.tc. at his shops at trade fair market when I lived in Nigeria. I started buying from them as far back as 2006. Their prices were not so cheap but everyone seemed to trust the quality of Jouf’s products. I always had a bad feeling about the expiry of the products sold cos I once bought a neutrogena microdermabrasion kit from the shop and the scrub that came with it was spoilt. Couldn’t return it but I had enough sense to get another brand of scrub.
    The saddest part is lots of popular supermarkets in Nigeria are supplied by Jouf, I met several retailers from the north and east on several occasions there.
    Trade fair market is a place of doom, yet you see that even Ebeano supermarket gets their supply from there. Bleaching cream products, fake hair extensions, fake makeup products (Tala/Tara, Anatasia Beverly Hills, MAC and so on) are common sights. You have to develop a good relationship with the Igbo traders so they can like you enough to sell you the real deal. Another interesting thing is their Chinese business partners even visit them and deliver fake products to them in broad daylight. Nafdac is really falling the hands of Nigerians, it is well.

    • suga

      March 14, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      Thanks for your write-up. Really insightful. Lack of government funding limits what NAFDAC is able to do.

  9. Frank teacher

    March 14, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    But repackaging , na so much work nah

  10. Idomagirl

    March 15, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Thank God SON is waking up.
    I hope this wicked beast gets the death penalty.
    How many lives has he destroyed?
    What a country.

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