Senate Proposes Life Imprisonment for Fake Drug Seller

Senate Proposes Life Imprisonment for Fake Drug Seller

Senate Proposes Life Imprisonment for Fake Drug Seller

Senate Proposes Life Imprisonment for Fake Drug Seller

The Nigerian Senate has proposed life imprisonment for a seller and producer of fake drugs I the country.

The Senate Committee on Health disclosed this at a public hearing on ‘A Bill for an Act to Amend the Counterfeit and Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods” in Abuja at the weekend.

Speaking at the public hearing, the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki stated that anybody caught in the act of selling or producing counterfeit drugs would be liable to life imprisonment and payment of N2 million fine.

He also noted that the culprits would lose his or her assets to the Federal Government, adding that the amendment of the bill was to strengthen punitive measures against sales and production of fake drugs and their agents.

The senate stated that the country had lost over $72 billion to counterfeit drugs and that the senate could not wait again but to quickly intervene to curb the crime.

Earlier in his speech, the Chairman of the committee, Senator Lanre Tejuosho lamented the spate of sales and production of fake drugs in the country, adding that there is need to come up with new laws to punish the perpetrators of the crime.

He stated, “This is a matter of life and death. In 2006, Nigeria lost $72 billion to drug counterfeiting and if this situation is not quickly address many Nigerians might lose their lives through drug counterfeiting.”

He attributed the increasing trend of fake drug to corruption, calling on Nigerians to patronize authentic pharmacists instead of road side drug sellers.

He said the effect of fake drugs on Nigerians is more than the effect of hard drugs, urging citizens to be observant about which drugs they buy and where they buy it.

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