Bamidele Akingbade, State Commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Abia, said that four men were arrested for illegally and secretly manufacturing Diazepam, a sleep-inducing anti-depressant drug.
Akingbade disclosed this while taking newsmen round the drug production laboratory at Omenihu Street, off Enugu – Port Harcourt Expressway, Osisioma Local Government Area, near Aba. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Diazepam is the generic name for a controlled sleep-inducing, anti-depressant drug, also called valium.
He said that the company, which produced a brand of Diazepam, named DIZAPAM, was doing so without licence and in an unauthorised environment within a residential area. Akingbade said that the company, without name, was operating in a warehouse and producing the substandard drug with the name of an Indian drug company, Shalina Laboratories, PVT, India.
The commander said the suspects were caught working in the laboratory when NDLEA men raided the warehouse.He said that the owner of the factory, who is operating from Onitsha, Anambra, was on the run, while the agency had gone after him, after sealing off the warehouse. Read more