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Monday, October 19, 2015

Blame #NAFDAC for the pilgrims arrested for Hajj Drug offenses--Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo #HNNCrime


Another reason why Pharmacy should be regulated in Nigeria. Two people in my state have been arrested for a drug offense. Tramadol which is considered a narcotic now in the USA and could be purchased over the counter in Nigeria was caught on these pilgrims. They could be taking it for pain or may just be trafficking it. If NAFDAC regulated drugs people like me won't need to leave Nigeria and work for the FDA.

The Punch reports that two of the 1,191 pilgrims from Oyo State who performed this year’s Hajj were detained by the Saudi Arabian authorities for a drug-related offence.

Secretary, Oyo State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Adeleke AbdulKareem, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan on Monday.

Abdulkareem said the affected pilgrims were females, adding that one of them escaped while the other was still in detention.

He said the drug found with the pilgrims was Tramadol, a contraband in Saudi Arabia, which the pilgrims had been warned against.

The secretary also said two other pilgrims from the state died due to ill health before Arafat Day.

Abdulkareem said the last batch of pilgrims from the state arrived Nigeria on October 11.

He warned pilgrims to always comply with the rules and regulation of the Saudi authorities to avoid being arrested or tarnishing the country’s image.

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