Sellers of Sacra Herbs, a popular toxic concoction locally known as Maganin Baban Aisha have deserted the streets of Abuja following an investigation by PREMIUM TIMES.
After a street survey by the platform, it was reported that the sellers of the product in their various locations within Abuja and Nasarawa State have stopped trading the liquid herb.
During a visit to the densely populated Mararaba area in Abuja, it was gathered that a popular seller of the product who used a branded Honda vehicle to market it has now erased the product’s brand from the vehicle.
Residents explained that none of the retailers were spotted in the past two weeks.
The Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Mojisola Adeyeye, a professor of Pharmaceutics and Manufacturing stated that efforts were on to take all toxic concoctions off the streets of Abuja and all other states
“We have commenced a nationwide mop-up of the Sacra Herbs in circulation. We have also intensified crackdown on all illegal manufacturers and distributors of herbal preparation and other unregistered preparations, to bringing perpetrators to book and minimize the usage of the substance,” she said.
The Baban Aisha concoction was sold with a strongly-worded advert discouraging consumers to avoid going to hospitals for medical treatment.
“Even if you have the intention to go to hospital; I, Dr Salisu Sani says don’t go. Even if you go (they’ll) only say your children need drip or add them blood,” the advert on the product declared.
The advertisement violates the Herbal Medicine and Related Product Advertisement Regulation which translates to one-year imprisonment or N800,000 fine if found guilty.
WikkiTimes had earlier reported that Dr Salisu Sani, the producer of the deadly herb, risks three or more years imprisonment, including huge fine options if found guilty of the laws he had breached.
Sani, according to NAFDAC, had been arrested during a joint operation by police officers and its officials.