NAFDAC Arrests Popular Kaduna Herbal Manufacturer Over Expired License
Written by Teniola Akerele on June 19, 2023
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, on Monday, announced the arrest of the popular Baban Aisha herbal medicine manufacturer, Alhaji Salisu Sani, for operating with an expired license and running an illegal promotion of the company’s products in Kaduna.
This was even as the agency disclosed that it has commenced a crackdown on illegal herbal manufacturers and vendors to control the random use of illicit drugs.
Addressing journalists in Abuja, NAFDAC Director-General, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, reiterated that the agency has a duty to regulate the manufacture, distribution, advertisement and use of drugs, foods and chemicals to protect Nigerians coming down with organ damage, stroke or sudden death.
“The man manufacturing Baban Aisha herbal medicine, Alhaji Salisu Sani, has been arrested and is now in custody. Again, we cannot divorce ourselves from these products. We may not use them because we are informed. What about the fate of other Nigerians who use them?” she said.
Explaining the event that led to the arrest of Sani, Adeyeye said NAFDAC received concerns about the safety of Sacra Herbs oral liquid, popularly called Baban Aisha, following an investigative report.
The Professor of Pharmaceutics noted that further investigation revealed that the Kaduna manufacturer has been churning out unapproved herbal concoctions long after his license expired.
She said, “The agency received an application from Sacra Multi-Links Ltd, Layin Alhaji Hamza Mai Bread, Tafa Kagarko LGA in Kaduna State for the registration of its product Sacra Herbs oral liquid.
Following regulatory protocols, we granted listing approval with NAFDAC registration number A7-2590L for the Sacra Herbs oral liquid for the purpose of management of pile and associated pains. The notification of the registration of the product was granted on September 6, 2018, valid till September 12, 2019.
“The company, on August 12, 2020, applied for renewal of its license. But following a regulatory audit of the company’s production facility, compliance directives were issued to them for non-conformers observed in the facility which it was expected to correct. The company, however, did not correct the lapses observed, following which the product registration license was not renewed.”
Continuing, NAFDAC stated that ‘Sacra herb’, which license expired in 2019, was originally approved for the management of pile and associated pains but it discovered that Sacra Multi Links went beyond bound the prescription by further adding ‘for treatment of waist pains, typhoid, ulcer, pile and toilet infection to the Baban Aisha product.’
Following outrage on social media over the company’s unethical activities, the agency’s investigation and enforcement team carried out surveillance that led to the sealing of the factory and the arrest of two staff members.
“The following day Sacra Multi Links owner, Salisu Sani, reported to our office in Kaduna. When his vehicle was searched, the following herbal drugs were evacuated from the vehicle: Sacra Herbs oral liquid and two additional unregistered herbal preparations namely Baban Aisha manpower & delay (aphrodisiac) and others. All the products found with the managing director and others found in his company were sent to the NAFDAC laboratory for analysis.
“We have commenced a nationwide mop-up of the Sacra Herbs in circulation. We have also intensified the crackdown on all illegal manufacturers and distributors of herbal preparation and other unregistered preparations, with a view to bringing perpetrators to book and minimize the usage of the substance.
“I would like to appeal to all, particularly the vulnerable group, to desist from the use of this dangerous herbal preparation. I want to assure Nigerians that NAFDAC is doing everything to ensure that only safe medicine and wholesome food of the right quality are sold to our citizenry,” she said.