Members of Anambra State’s Onitsha Drugs Dealers Association have insisted that the Onitsha Bridgehead Drugs Market is not a “dumping ground” for fake and hard drugs.
The association was responding to reports that the National Association of Nigeria Drugs Monitoring had recently raided the Onitsha Bridge market for fake and expired drugs.
However, speaking at a press conference in the market on Thursday, the association’s Chairman, Chukwuleta Ndubuisi, dismissed the report as false, claiming that no agency raided the market for fake and adulterated drugs.
Ndubuisi, flanked by members of the association, denied involvement in the production and distribution of fake, expired, unwholesome, counterfeit, and substandard drugs in the ‘Ogbogwu market.’
He stated that the group is working in synergy and collaboration with regulatory agencies to ensure that counterfeit and adulterated drugs do not enter the market. He claimed that reports of drug dealers dealing in fake and counterfeit products were the work of miscreants looking to reap what they did not sow.
The group also stated that they have a task force in place that monitors their members’ activities in terms of fakery and hard drugs and reports back to NAFDAC and NDLEA.
“Count us out of the production and sale of fake and adulterated drugs,” Ndubuisi said. We do not know where these rumour mongers and peddlers get their information, but we want to inform the general public through this medium that such an allegation is frivolous, unfounded, and cheap blackmail spread by faceless individuals to sabotage the Union’s efforts to ensure that the market is free of counterfeit drugs.
“It is on record that this incumbent executive, led by my humble self, unleashed its task force on the entire market shortly after taking office, with the goal of ridding it of any form of fake, expired, counterfeit, and unwholesome products, including narcotics and hard drugs.”