The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has conducted a successful operation in Sokoto, confiscating over N20 million worth of substandard, falsified, and banned products.

According to a statement released by NAFDAC on Tuesday, the raid was carried out by the agency’s Investigation and Enforcement/Federal Task Force on Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods, targeting prominent markets such as Old Market, Kara Market, and Central Market.

During the operation, the team arrested four suspects and screened seventeen shops, leading to the seizure of a significant quantity of illicit products.

Among the confiscated items were numerous cartons of Endocoton Super containing banned Paraquat, a highly toxic herbicide known for its severe health and environmental risks.

The statement from NAFDAC emphasized the scale of the operation, revealing the seizure of 2,096 cartons of SF MOE Soap and 223 cartons of SF Oxxo Purest Soap.

Additionally, several unregistered herbal preparations featuring pornographic pictorials, posing substantial risks to public health, were also removed from circulation.

Those apprehended during the raid are currently under investigation, and the seized products will be processed according to established regulations for handling substandard and falsified goods.

NAFDAC reiterated its strict ban on Paraquat agrochemicals, pledging vigorous enforcement to safeguard public health and environmental integrity.

The agency urged the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities or products to the nearest NAFDAC office, emphasizing collective efforts in combating the distribution of dangerous and illegal substances.

Further updates on the investigation and regulatory actions pertaining to the seized products are expected to follow in due course.