Terror suspect set for extradition to Germany

June 14, 2012

standardmedia.co.ke on June 13, 2012 released the following:

“By Cyrus Ombati

A man suspected to have been behind the bombing of a building in Nairobi last month that claimed one life and injured more than 30 people will stand trial in Germany.

Top police officers in Nairobi said even though Emrah Erdogan alias Imraan Al Kurdy alias Salahaddin Al Kurdy was wanted in the country over terrorist attacks, they had no objection to his deportation to Germany.

“Although he was a member of Al Shabaab and was in Kenya illegally, Germany had issued a warrant of arrest for him through the International Police (Interpol) earlier,” said police.

He was arrested in Tanzania to where he fled after masterminding the detonation of what was later identified to be a deadly fertiliser bomb.

The bomb ripped off the roof of Assanands building along Moi Avenue in Nairobi’s Central Business District and destroyed business premises.

Police have been hunting for the suspect who was suspected either to have been hiding in the country or fled to Uganda.

Interpol had apparently issued a red notice to the regional states last Tuesday asking authorities to arrest Erdogan and have him deported to German to face terror related charges. A red notice is issued for arrest or provisional arrest of wanted persons with a view to extradition.

Burden in prosecution

“He could be deported to German anytime now. There was a red notice from the Interpol asking for his arrest and deportation to Germany,” said a senior officer who asked not to be named.

Interpol had asked for his and other terror suspects’ fingerprints and other personal details before they issued the notice, officials said.

The official added that Tanzanian authorities informed them at the weekend they had arrested Erdogan, who crossed there through the coastal region.

Other sources said Kenya did not want to try Erdogan because he would be a burden to them in prosecution and jailing. Anti-Terror Police Unit in Nairobi said they were waiting to be supplied with statements that were recorded from Erdogan.

“He has talked and recorded much on his being in the region and those he probably got in touch with but our colleagues are yet to give us the details,” said another officer.

Deputy police spokesman Charles Owino said a team of detectives had been dispatched to Tanzania to get more information regarding the arrest. “Erdogan is someone we have been looking for and we have sent our officers to Tanzania to be part of the ongoing investigation,” he said.

The suspect who is a German of Turkish origin is believed to have travelled to Waziristan in north-west Pakistan in early 2010 where he joined a militant Islamist group before going to Somalia last year, police said.”

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Italy’s fight against mafia a blueprint against transnational organized crime, INTERPOL Chief tells Palermo meeting

June 11, 2012

INTERPOL on June 11, 2012 released the following:

“PALERMO, Italy ‒ INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has said that global efforts against transnational organized crime can learn from the effective international police cooperation and national resolve which underpin Italy’s on-going struggle against the mafia.

Speaking at the Third Experts Meeting (11-13 June) of the Digest of Organized Crime Cases project, Mr Noble said the initiative provided an important ‘toolbox’ which assisted countries in implementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, signed in Palermo in 2000, by providing them with key best practices in investigative and prosecutorial techniques, as well as in law enforcement cooperation.

With the meeting attended by Italian Senate President Renato Schifani, Italian Interior Minister Anna Maria Cancellieri, President of the Regional Assembly of Sicily Francesco Cascio, Prefect Antonio Manganelli, Chief of the Italian Police and Director General of Public Security of Italy, Director John Sandage of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and members of the Experts’ Group, Mr Noble paid tribute to judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, as well as to the eight Italian police officers and Giovanni Falcone’s wife, Francesca Morvillo, who were killed in Palermo bombings 20 years ago at the hands of the Cosa Nostra.

With tens of thousands of individuals holding public mandates ‒ ministers, members of parliament, police officers and judges ‒ but also journalists, writers, professors and countless ordinary citizens having found the courage to stand up against the Mafia, Mr Noble said: “By demonstrating that its institutions and people are standing as one in facing the Mafia, Italy is setting an example for the world against organized crime.”

Mr Noble recalled how Felicia Impastato dedicated her life to successfully bringing her son’s murderers to justice, as well as President Napolitano’s visit to Sicily this year to celebrate a State funeral for Placido Rizzotto, a trade union leader who was assassinated in 1948 by the Cosa Nostra but whose body was only recently identified.

The Head of INTERPOL said that besides institutions and individuals, international law enforcement and judicial cooperation was equally crucial in successfully combatting organized crime, and that this is precisely what INTERPOL strives to accomplish within the international law enforcement community.

Prefect Manganelli stressed the importance of cooperation between INTERPOL’s 190 member countries and said Italy’s cooperation with INTERPOL had been ‘especially close’ in the aftermath of the Italian judges’ assassinations.

“Today’s fight against organized crime means not just arresting criminals but also seizing their assets, and in this area INTERPOL’s global network has offered strong support to Italy. In 2011 alone, Italy confiscated properties, money and other assets belonging to the mafia worth some 9 billion Euros. In this respect Italy will be proud to see the Digest become an invaluable resource to the law enforcement community worldwide,” added Prefect Manganelli.

Mr Noble cited how recently, INTERPOL had contributed to the arrest of one of Italy’s most wanted criminals, Vito Roberto Palazzolo, who had been sentenced in Palermo to nine years in prison for external collusion with the Mafia. Palazzolo, who was the subject of an internationally-wanted persons INTERPOL Red Notice, was arrested in Bangkok on 30 March by Thai authorities with the support of INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigation Support unit and Italy’s State Police.

“I commend Prefect Manganelli for the leadership and dedication he has shown over the years in working with INTERPOL and countless other law enforcement bodies worldwide to fight transnational organized crime. Italy and the international law enforcement community are lucky to have such a talented and committed professional,” said the Head of INTERPOL.

The Digest of Organized Crime Cases project was launched in 2010 on the tenth anniversary of the Palermo Convention, under the leadership of Italy, of Colombia – whose determination against armed guerilla groups Mr Noble praised at the meeting – and UNODC, with the support of INTERPOL.”

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Uganda: Interpol Joins Hunt for Terrorists

June 11, 2012

AllAfrica on June 7, 2012 released the following:

“BY STEVEN CANDIA,

The International Police (Interpol) has joined the hunt for terror suspects suspected to be in Uganda.

At least four suspected terrorists are believed to have sneaked into Uganda recently, prompting the security agencies to issue security alert.

The Police have circulated photographs of the suspected terrorists and heightened security in the Capital City as well as other urban areas including Mbarara where the national Heroes’ Day celebrations will be held this weekend. The measures include manning security at some of the shopping centres and high-rise buildings.

The terror suspects, some wanted in Kenya, include Martin Muller alias Ahmed Khaled Andreas; Emrah Erdogan Alias Imraan AL-Kurdy Alias Salahaddin AL-Kurdy and another who is believed to have sneaked into the country on board a Kalita bus from Kenya. Whereas Muller is German, Erdogan is German of Turkish origin.

Last weekend, the security agencies arrested another terror suspect only identified as Hussein, who was described as a high value target.

The director Interpol and International relations, Asan Kasingye said Interpol has sought for vital information including the finger prints of top Al-Shabaab terror suspects, wanted by Uganda.

A formal request by the Lyon based body was made on Wednesday to the Uganda National Central bureau, recently turned into a directorate.

“Internationally they are wanted and Lyon (Interpol headquarters) has made a formal request for their finger prints,” the director Interpol and International relations Asan Kasingye said.

Kasingye said they were working with other the security agencies in the region to gather the necessary data on the wanted terrorists.

Another suspected terrorists security agencies are seeking for is Abubarker Nur Hussein, a top commander of the Somalia based militants who travelled through Entebbe International Airport undetected by airport security. Kasingye said even though Abubarker Nur Hussein’s passport was seized by AMISOM forces in Somalia, getting his finger prints has proven an odious task.

The passport was recovered early this year from Al-Shabaab hideouts in Al fitri, 12kms, north of Mogadishu by the UPDF and indicates that Abubarker Nur Hussein, a Somali national, aged 61 entered Uganda in July last year. However, there is no evidence in the form of a Uganda visa to show that he exited the country.

Kasingye said that although Nur Hussein claims to have been born in 1951 he looks younger than 61 on his passport picture.

Uganda, Kasingye said, has not requested Interpol to issue red notices for the terror suspects, because they are not Ugandan nationals.

“If the suspect is not a Ugandan but has been committing cross border crimes, it is the country from which the suspect hails to write to Interpol requesting for the notice to be issued,” he said.

A red notice is issued for arrest or provisional arrest of wanted persons with a view to extradition.

Kasingye said they have also acquired more equipment to reinforced their unit to send out pictures of the suspects to all 12 members states in the Eastern Africa arrangement so as to shrink the space for the suspects, with the view of having them arrested.

Meanwhile, Police have taken over the security of high rise buildings in the city in the wake of renewed threats from the Somali outfit-the Al-Shabaab. Police took over the security of many of the buildings in the city centre on Monday.

“We have reinforced security on high rise buildings and vital installations in the city,” Deputy Kampala police spokesperson Ibin Ssenkumbi said yesterday. “Where security was not reliable we reinforced and where it was no there at all we took over,” he added.

The deployments, he said, will remain in place until such time when the management of the buildings improve the security of the structures.”

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INTERPOL assistance leads to first extradition from Seychelles of suspected maritime pirate

May 26, 2012

INTERPOL on May 25, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – A Somali man suspected of maritime piracy has been extradited from the Seychelles to Belgium after a cross-check of his fingerprints against INTERPOL’s databases linked the suspect with the hijack of Belgian vessel MV Pompei in waters off the Seychelles in April 2009.

The Belgian judicial authorities had requested the suspect’s extradition based on forensic evidence establishing the presence of the individual during the hijacking of the ship on 18 April 2009 when its 10 crew members from Belgium, Croatia, the Netherlands and the Philippines were taken hostage by 12 pirates.

Immediately after the release of the hijacked vessel on 28 June 2011, Belgian Federal Police conducted an extensive forensic crime scene investigation of the vessel and its results were added to INTERPOL’s maritime piracy and fingerprints databases.

On 26 March 2011, following the arrest of six Somali nationals in territorial waters off the Seychelles, its police then provided INTERPOL with the fingerprints of the individuals to be cross checked with INTERPOL’s databases within the framework of INTERPOL’s Project EVEXI. The check revealed that the prints of one of the apprehended individuals matched latent marks seized on the hijacked Belgian vessel.

Project EVEXI aims to establish procedures for building the capacity of six East African countries (Kenya, Madagascar, Maldives, Oman, the Seychelles and Tanzania) in maritime piracy intelligence gathering and forensic evidence collection.

“This case marks a major success in the cross border fight against maritime piracy and represents a blueprint for international cooperation with INTERPOL in the fight against maritime piracy and its networks,” said the Head of INTERPOL’s Maritime Piracy Task Force, Pierre St. Hilaire.

“International police cooperation with INTERPOL can lead to major outcomes in the international fight against maritime piracy using cross continental information exchange.”

“We congratulate authorities in the Seychelles and Belgium since this extradition was only made possible by their actions and outstanding cooperation with INTERPOL,” added Mr St Hilaire.

Hassan M.O. now faces judicial prosecution in a Belgian court.”

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Southeast Europe Police Chiefs contribution to regional and global security praised by INTERPOL Chief

April 25, 2012

INTERPOL on April 24, 2012 released the following:

“BUDVA, Montenegro – Addressing the Southeast Europe Police Chiefs INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said that their example of dedication and resolve to work together was an example of what can be achieved in combating regional transnational crime.

Speaking at the joint International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)/Southeast Europe Police Chiefs Association (SEPCA) Cyber Crime Conference and SEPCA General Assembly, the head of the world police body pointed to the expansion of access to INTERPOL’s databases beyond the National Central Bureaus (NCBs) in all nine SEPCA member countries as the model for other regions of the world.

Law enforcement officers in key locations across Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia can now carry out instant checks against INTERPOL’s databases.

In 2011, countries in the SEPCA region performed 50 million checks against INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database, triggering more than 3,000 alarms for people attempting to travel on a fraudulent document. A further 22 million checks on individuals were carried out, enabling officers to obtain critical policing information on nearly 25,000 persons known to law enforcement around the world.

Secretary General Noble said that the joint conference with IACP on cybercrime also clearly demonstrated the region’s recognition of the need to tackle crime in the virtual world is well as ensuring effective policing on the ground.

“Cybercrime is the challenge of tomorrow and one which will force us to reinvent the traditional business model of police as the expertise necessary to combat this type of crime will reside more in the private sector,” said Mr Noble, adding that INTERPOL was already putting measures in place to help its 190 member countries address this threat.

“The INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation, which will open its doors in Singapore in 2014, will include an ‘innovation, research and digital security’ unit which will work with INTERPOL’s 190 member countries and the private sector to develop innovative solutions to tackle cybercrime.

“The commitment and vision of the police chiefs in Southeast Europe will ensure that SEPCA will be among the key players in contributing to the global security of tomorrow,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.

During his meeting with Prime Minister Igor Lukšić, Secretary General Noble commended Montenegro’s NCB in Podgorica for having implemented so many of INTERPOL’s tools and services that help to keep Montenegrins and visitors safe.

Mr Noble also agreed that Montenegro would become the second country in the world where INTERPOL would deploy a special support team during the summer tourist season when the population in Budva grows from 20,000 to 100,000 persons in order to ensure that Montenegrin police have quick access to information about foreign tourists should the need arise.

“Montenegro has proved time and time again that it is committed to close international police cooperation via INTERPOL which enhances both security and the continued development of its country,” concluded Secretary General Noble.”

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PNP to aid INTERPOL in tracking, hunting down foreign fugitives hiding in PHL

March 20, 2012

Zambo Times on March 20, 2012 released the following:

“MANILA — Philippine National Police Director General Nicanor Bartolome announced Monday the command will assist the International Police (INTERPOL) in tracking and arresting six to eight fugitives in the Philippines.

He added some of the suspects have pending child abuse cases.

Bartolome added the INTERPOL has given him a list of the suspects or fugitives they believed are hiding in the country.

The PNP chief stressed that they are still determining whether the fugitives wanted by the INTERPOL have links with known terrorist groups.

Aside from helping the INTERPOL extend its dragnet for known criminals and fugitives, Bartolome said the international anti-crime organization also inked a transnational crime agreement with the PNP with special focus on reducing or eliminating known producers of counterfeit medicines.

The PNP chief last week met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble in Lyon, France to discuss increased cooperation between the country and the world police body in combating a range of transnational crimes.

Discussions also included the recent participation of the Philippines in Operation Infra-SEA (International Fugitive Round-Up and Arrest – South East Asia), launched from INTERPOL’s Liaison Office in Bangkok, Thailand.

This focused on information relating to 60 suspects from 21 countries wanted in connection with child sex offences.

“Cooperation with INTERPOL is a priority area for police in the Philippines. My meeting with Secretary General Noble provided an important opportunity to reaffirm the need for international cooperation with INTERPOL, and to identify areas such as terrorism, counterfeit medicines and fugitive investigation where we can collaborate even more closely,” Bartolome stressed.

Noble said: “International law enforcement collaboration between INTERPOL and the Philippines is vital for the country, the region and beyond.

“A global collaborative approach to security involving countries sharing intelligence and maximizing the use of INTERPOL’s global police tools is today key to effectively protecting citizens.”

In this respect, the INTERPOL chief said the organization strongly supported plans by the Philippine authorities to expand INTERPOL’s tools and services to the PNP.

INTERPOL having sent a Disaster Victim Identification team to Cebu in 2008 following a ferry disaster which left 800 dead.

Noble outlined how the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation will have a dedicated DVI platform to better assist Asian countries requesting assistance following disasters or acts of terrorism.

The IGCI is due to open in Singapore in 2014. (PNA)”

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INTERPOL is the world’s largest international police organization, with 190 member countries.

January 27, 2012

INTERPOL on January 26, 2012 released the following:

“Our role is to enable police around the world to work together to make the world a safer place. Our high-tech infrastructure of technical and operational support helps meet the growing challenges of fighting crime in the 21st century.

Supporting police worldwide

We work to ensure that police around the world have access to the tools and services necessary to do their jobs effectively. We provide targeted training, expert investigative support, relevant data and secure communications channels.

This combined framework helps police on the ground understand crime trends, analyse information, conduct operations and, ultimately, arrest as many criminals as possible.

Vision and mission

The vision:
“Connecting police for a safer world”.

The mission:
“Preventing and fighting crime through enhanced international police co-operation”.

Read the full vision and mission.

Neutrality
At INTERPOL, we aim to facilitate international police co-operation even where diplomatic relations do not exist between particular countries. Action is taken within the limits of existing laws in different countries and in the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Our Constitution prohibits ‘any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character’.

A global presence
The General Secretariat is located in Lyon, France, and operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. INTERPOL also has seven regional offices across the world and a representative office at the United Nations in New York and at the European Union in Brussels. Each of our 190 member countries maintains a National Central Bureau staffed by its own highly trained law enforcement officials.”

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Interpol Issues Red Notice for Miss Uganda Contestant

January 16, 2012

New Vision on January 14, 2012 released the following:

“By Steven Candia

The International Police (Interpol) has issued a red notice for a Miss Uganda contestant in the Netherlands, Kyembabazi Gloria in connection with a raft of crimes.

An Interpol Red Notice is “the closest instrument to an international arrest warrant in use today. It is issued by Interpol at the request of a member country and distributed to all member countries.

In a statement posted on its site, the world’s largest international police said, Kyembabazi is wanted in connection with crimes ranging from fraud, Counterfeiting/forgery, Thefts to crimes against children.

Interpol also issued red notices for two other foreigners– John Mochama, a Kenyan and Jabir Noor Ali, Somali national but in connection with crimes committed in Uganda.

While Mochama is wanted for numerous offences of counterfeiting/forgery, Ali is wanted in connection with terrorism and Life and health.

Two of the notices–for Kyembabazi and Ali were issued by Interpol following arrest warrant being issued by the Nakawa Chief Magistrates court while the one for Mochama was issued by Buganda Road court.

When contacted over the notices deputy police spokesperson Judith Nabakooba said she needed to cross check with the local Interpol office. “I will need to contact Interpol to verify,” Nabakooba said.

Kyembabazi, whose real names other sources say is Grace Mugisha in December 2009 reportedly contested for the Miss Uganda crown in Netherlands as the Ugandan community there celebrated the end of year at Daalwijk 100A in Amsterdam South East.”

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INTERPOL Replies to Taib Arrest Call

January 3, 2012

World-Wire.com on January 3, 2012 released the following:

“The International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) says international police action against Malaysian potentate Abdul Taib Mahmud “may be activated only by the decision of the competent domestic authorities” – Malaysian authorities fail to acknowledge receipt of NGO letter

LYON, FRANCE, January 3, 2012 –/WORLD-WIRE/– INTERPOL, the International Criminal Police Organization, has replied to a call by an International NGO coalition to arrest Abdul Taib Mahmud (“Taib”), Chief Minister of the Malaysian state of Sarawak, and thirteen of his family members on charges of corruption, fraud, abuse of public office and related crimes.

In a letter to the Swiss Bruno Manser Fund, INTERPOL’s General Secretariat states that “INTERPOL’s assistance may be activated only by the decision of the competent domestic authorities and at the request of the national contact point – National Central Bureau (NCB). Should you wish to trigger criminal proceedings against the individuals at stake, you are kindly advised to contact the national police and/or judiciary.”

According to INTERPOL’s website, the National Central Bureau for Malaysia is directly under the command of the Inspector General of Police, the head of Malaysia’s 102,000 strong police force.

Last month, the Bruno Manser Fund and sixteen co-signatories called on the Malaysian Attorney General, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the Inspector General of Police to take immediate police action against Taib and thirteen of his family members and accused them of having formed an international criminal organization.

Research by the Bruno Manser Fund has shown that the Taib family holds stakes in over 400 companies in 25 countries and offshore jurisdictions with an estimated worth of several billion US dollars. The Swiss NGO alleges that these Taib family assets are illicit assets acquired by the systematic breach of the law and the use of illegal methods.

Taib has been Chief Minister, Finance Minister and Minister of State Planning of Malaysia’s largest state since 1981. He is widely thought to be chief culprit for the large-scale destructive logging of Sarawak’s tropical rainforests.

The Malaysian authorities have hitherto failed to acknowledge receipt of the NGO complaint, which was sent to them by registered mail.

Taib himself refused to comment. According to Free Malaysia Today, Taib not only refused to see the reporters after the last state cabinet meeting but also barred them from entering the ministerial complex, for the first time in 30 years. “It is obvious that the chief minister is haunted by allegations of corruption against him”, a senior reporter was quoted as saying.”

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NAFDAC, INTERPOL clampdown on unregistered drug outlets, hawkers

October 18, 2011

Sun News Online on October 18, 2011 released the following:

“By AZOMA CHIKWE

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, the International Police, INTERPOL has began a total clampdown on owners of unregistered drug outlets, drug markets as well as drug hawkers in Nigeria and six West African countries. The countries are Ghana, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Togo, Cameroun, and Senegal

The operation tagged “Operation Cobra” was carried out under the auspices of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) International Medical Product Anti Counterfeiting Taskforce, IMPACT and INTERPOL’s Medical Product Counterfeiting and Pharmaceutical Crime (MPCPC) to track down counterfeiters and bringing them to book.
To this end, the group is establishing a rapid alert system between the countries for a possible network in the fight against counterfeit medicines and other substandard regulated products.

At a press conference in Lagos, the Director General of NAFDAC, Dr Paul Orhii disclosed that the team had successfully raided 375 premises, 200,000 pills seized and at least 1220 police cases opened in Nigeria.
Orhii also disclosed that the exercise will be a continuous activity with a goal to achieving a real transformation of the pharmaceutical distribution system to fall in line with best practices said the exercise would ensure that only safe and qualitative pharmaceutical products are available to all Nigerians and other members of the Nigerian society.
His words, “The Goals as our compass in combating fake and counterfeit drugs and other substandard regulated products is to prevent the introduction of counterfeit drugs and other substandard products into the market, bring to minimum the risk of consumers being exposed to counterfeit drugs, provide necessary tools for easy identification of counterfeit drugs by both staff and consumers among others.”

He said the activity expanded the national collaborative mechanism, bringing in the Pharmacist Council of Nigeria, The Nigeria Police Force, the Consumer Protection Council and the Nigeria Customs Service into the joint operations”
He added that the exercise became necessary as national efforts alone are not sufficient to deal with counterfeiters of fake medicines.
Giving insights on how the raid in Nigeria was done under “Operation Cobra,” he said the first phase was raids on drug hawkers, while a simultaneous raid was carried out in different locations within Lagos metropolis, during which 30 suspects were arrested with their wares amounting to a 1X20ft container, valued at about N3,000,000, seized and awaiting destruction.

The second phase was on drug markets, where unauthorized kiosks and counters were dismantled at Idumota drug markets and Mushin areas of Lagos. In all, over 100 shops were screened at the two locations and some unregistered products were evacuated from the markets
The third phase was the screening of registered pharmaceutical outlets, distributors and drug warehouses. Based on intelligence received, he said some of the pharmacy shops, wholesale outlets and importers’ warehouses were visited and TUSCAN was used to assess the quality of drugs found at these premises.
He lamented that so many donated drugs that were not meant for the Nigerian markets were discovered during the exercise. Some of the drugs are Septrin, Zestril, Inderal, Panadol, Canesten and investigations have since commenced to determine the source of the products.

Meanwhile, Director-General of NAFDAC, Dr-Paul Orhii last week received the coveted leadership Award from the New York-based the Youths for Human Rights International for his dogged commitment in the fight against fake and counterfeit drugs through the use of cutting-edge technologies.
Speaking as the Award ceremony attended by members of the YFHRI and Top flight Nigerian professionals in USA, the Co-ordinator of the organization Rev. John Carmichael said the NAFDAC boss was honoured “for his exemplary Leadership in the global fight against drug counterfeiting through the introduction of cutting –edge technologies which has resulted in drastic reduction of fake and counterfeit drugs in Nigeria”.
Rev. Carmichael who presented the award on behalf of YFARI president, Dr. Mary Shuttle described drug counterfeiting as “a global menace which should be fought by all nations”.

According to him, the devastating economic and health consequences of counterfeit drugs cannot be ignored by government and individuals with conscience.
His words” Dr. Orhii through his fight of this menace has increased access of Nigerians to good quality and efficacious medicines. He has contributed to securing the fundamental rights of his people to life and that is the connection between our organization and NAFDAC”.
Responding, Orhii thanked the Youths for Human Rights International for bestowing on him the rare honour and pledged to commit himself to the struggle.
He dedicated the award to the “ever hardworking and dedicated NAFDAC who have toiled day and night at the risk of their lives to protect Nigerians”.”

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