The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC has called for stiffer punishment for drug traffickers and importers of illegal drugs into the country.
The Director General of the agency Mojisola Adeyeye made the call during news conference in Abuja.
She decried what she described as light sentences handed peddlers of Tramadol and counterfeit drugs, calling on the judiciary to review the penalties.
She commended the Federal Government for its support in terms of equipment, adding that the agency was having it better in the present administration.
Adeyeye also said that 12 different individuals were caught with large amount of substandard and falsified medicine, some of which had been destroyed.
She said that some of them were being investigated or prosecuted, while some had been sentenced.
She added that the agency had destroyed substandard and falsified medical products worth more than N3 billion between November 2017 and November 2018.