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Beware of Purchasing Fake Alcohol – NAFDAC Warns Nigerians.

NAFDAC has come out to warn Nigerians to beware of purchasing the many fake alcoholic drinks that have saturated the market.

Dr Abubakar Jimoh, its Director of Special Duties, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos on Tuesday that the agency had continued to advise consumers of alcoholic beverages to be alert and be very wary of fake and unregistered drinks.
“Drinking alcohol is bad enough and people are always advised to take it in moderation; so, the danger associated with taking a fake drink can only be imagined,” he said.

Jimoh said that the agency had taken its campaign against fake drinks to Plateau, Gombe, Benue, Bauchi and many other states in North, and had engaged traditional and religious leaders to lead the efforts.

He particularly lamented about the widespread consumption of local spirits such as ogogoro among the youth, and urged stakeholders to help the agency in battling this scourge.

“We have found that the youths rely on such drinks to gather enough courage to commit all manners of atrocities like armed robbery, kidnapping, rape, killing and the rest.

“We have, therefore, continued to intensify our campaigns and that has resulted into some states coming up with bylaws that banned some alcoholic beverages”, he said.

“We have also raided production and drinking points of some of these dangerous drinks, especially in Edo and Delta States, because the drinks have damaged many livers, kidneys and other vital organs of the body.” “They have also led to the gradual decline in the health status of many youths and totally destroyed their capacity to contribute to societal development,” he said.

Jimoh said that the drinks issue required special attention, especially now that government is looking towards agriculture as a means of sustaining the economy.

“Farming requires a lot of energy– which is the asset of youths. The drinks destroy that energy, hence the need to rid society of them,” he said.

The NAFDAC official explained that it was usually difficult to distinguish between the fake and genuine drinks because “many producers usually gather empty bottles with NAFDAC-approved badges and pour the fake contents into them.

“Our advice is that the consumers must always be on the watch-out,” he said.

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