Alhaji Salisu Sani, a herbal medicine seller, who is popular for his product Sacra Herbs oral liquid, otherwise known as ‘Baban Aisha’ has been arrested.
He was arrested by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) yesterday.
NAFDAC said Sani was arrested alongside two of his staff while his production facility was sealed, following an investigative report by a media organization.
Baban Aisha samples, according to NAFDAC, had been taken to the laboratory for analysis.
NAFDAC said Sani was being investigated and would soon be charged to court.
Other unregistered manufacturers and sellers of unwholesome herbal medicines were also arrested
The Agency disclosed that Sacra Multi-Links Ltd, the company under which the popular herbal medicine was registered, was given approval and a licence in 2018 for its product specifically meant for the management of piles and associated pains.
It said the company went beyond, prescribing medicines for unfounded indications such as for the treatment of waist pains, typhoid, ulcer, pile, toilet infection, sex enhancers, etc.
It added that the licence for Baban Aisha products expired in 2019 and was not renewed following the manufacturers’ failure to meet safety standards.
NAFDAC Director-General Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, who disclosed this in Abuja, warned Nigerians against patronizing unregistered products, especially those without its approval and those hawked on the streets, marketplaces or in vehicles.