Suspected hoodlums have attacked the office of the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC in Kaduna State, carting away seized fake and expired drugs and beverages.
The drugs were seized from illicit drug dealers and meant for destruction.
NAFDAC also quoted the management of a food processing company, whose stores were also looted in Kakuri, as saying that the stolen grains had been treated with chemical preservatives.
It said that such chemical preservatives had rendered the items unsafe for consumption.
“Residents of Kaduna State are hereby notified to be vigilant and careful about the sources of the food and medications they take and where they buy them, to avoid these dangers.
“NAFDAC, on behalf of the Kaduna State government, appeals to the public for information on the identities of the looters and where they might be hiding the stolen items,” it said.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Government also warned of health risk from drugs and beverages looted from the NAFDAC office and other warehouses in the state capital.
Commissioner for Internal Security, Samuel Aruwan, in a statement said the looted items including expired, prohibited and dangerous drugs, posed a great danger to the health of the people and therefore warned that persons, who consume such drugs are at great risk of serious illness and death.
Aruwan also disclosed that the management of a food processing company whose store, was looted in the Kakuri area in Kaduna South Local Government has also disclosed that the stolen grains had been treated with chemical preservatives, which render them unsafe for consumption.