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Kaduna Pharmacists Kick Against ‘Harassment’ By NDLEA

The Kaduna State chapter of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has called on the Federal Government and the 10th National Assembly to curtail the excesses of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in state.

Addressing journalists in Kaduna on Friday, the State Chairman, Pharm. Sunday Ali Okoh, lamented the excesses of the NDLEA as he called on the leadership the National Assembly to come to their aid.

Narrating their ordeal in the hand of the agency,Okay said the NDLEA had times without number unduly, illegally, and unprofessionally obstructed and hindered their roles.

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According to him, the group was aware of the roles of the agency to arrest and prosecute dealers of illicit drugs but not to hinder pharmacists from carrying out their statutory roles.

He said, “All over the planet earth, the rights to medications (life) are fundamental.

“It is worthy of note that pharmacists are licensed to import, export, mix, compound, prepare, dispense, counsel, sell, procure and distribute drugs, (PCN Act 2022,).”

“Time without number, the NDLEA has unduly, illegally and unprofessionally obstructed and hindered these life saving roles only to feather their nests, exploit Nigerians, collect bribes and force their victims to give assent that bail is free after collecting millions of Naira,” he claimed.

He alleged that law enforcement agents have become law breakers.

He explained, “Pharmacists are legal entities and many patients’ medication are stored with them; sealing up pharmacists is as good as denying the citizens their right to life.”

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