Operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS, Lagos Island, Lagos have made a major breakthrough in the fight against kidnapping and other vices as they rescued an Ogun State based businessman, Alhaji Rilwan Olaleye Alesh, a.k.a AK Alesh from kidnappers’ den and arrested four suspects.
The businessman was rescued after about an hour gun-battle inside the Abule Kanji forest in Eko-Efonalaye area of Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria with the suspects.
The feat, according to the police, was made possible by the new Commissioner of Police, FSARS, CP Fimihan Adeoye following the directives of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
Police identified the arrested suspects as Saidu Amedu, Abeeb Mohammed, Mohammed Moni and Abubakar Usman, all from Kebbi and Sokoto States.
A police source alleged that nemesis caught up with the suspects when the family of the victim sent a distress call to the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Mohammed that their bread winner called them to say he had been kidnapped and that the kidnappers insisted that he must pay them N5 million before he would be release.
Following the report, according to the source, the IGP directed Adeoye to do all he could to rescue the kidnapped victim unhurt.
Adeoye directed his team, led by SP Ibrahim Yusuf to storm the Ogun State forest to rescue the victim and arrest the suspects.
Yusuf and his team swung into action and stormed the Kanji forest, to rescue the victim, but on sighting the operatives, the suspects opened fire on them, with the police engaging them in a gun-battle lasting for about one hour during which the police overpowered them with superior fire power, rescued the victim and also arrested the suspects.
The leader of the gang and others managed to escaped with bullet wounds.
Items recovered from the suspects, according to the source, include six pump action guns and ammunition.
During investigation, all the suspects allegedly confessed to the crime and stated that they had been kidnapping people in Ogun State since 2017, adding that their roles were to guard the captured victims from escaping.
A Police source said all the suspects would be charged to court after conclusion of Investigations.
NAFDAC says it will reduce substandard and falsified drugs to five per cent prevalence by 2025
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it will reduce substandard and falsified medicines to five per cent prevalence by 2025 in the country.
The Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, said this at a news conference on Monday in Abuja.
Adeyeye said that one of the strategic plans of NAFDAC was to reduce substandard and falsified medicines to “not more than five per cent prevalence” in Nigeria by the year 2025.
She said that “the last data we have on the prevalence of substandard and falsified medicines in Nigeria is 16.7 per cent.”
She, however, added that the 16.7 per cent prevalence was 14 years ago, noting that it was time the agency did another survey to determine the present percentage of prevalence of substandard and falsified medicines in the country.
Adeyeye explained that NAFDAC had been proactive and vigilant toward curbing substandard and falsified medicines in the country, stressing that the move became necessary to safeguard the health of the populace.
She said that the agency would make it mandatory to identify and test the active pharmaceutical ingredient in all imported and locally manufactured drugs in the country from January 2020.
This, according to her, is to ensure compliance with international standards.
The director-general noted that besides safeguarding the health of the people, the regulatory control would also build confidence in Nigerians about the medicines available in the country.
Adeyeye, who said that substandard drugs could come through importation, explained that NAFDAC started enforcing regulations and control of active pharmaceutical ingredients of all drugs imported or manufactured locally in 2019.
He added that the agency had been requesting for the drug master file that had the history of processing and safety of the drugs.
She said that in 2018, the agency started a country-wide inspection of 165 companies, using the international standard to ascertain Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) compliance.
Adeyeye added that part of the GMP was the use of appropriate manufacturing equipment and facilities by manufacturers to ensure adequate control.
She said that measures were also put in place for the production of quality products.
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