The National Intelligence Agency (NIA) has placed the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), NAFDAC and Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) on a red alert over a Chinese drug made with human flesh and organs.
Nigerian Tribune investigations revealed that the capsules were filled with powdered flesh from dead babies.
They were made in North Eastern China from babies whose bodies were chopped into small pieces and dried on stoves before being turned into powder.
Thousands of the drugs were first confiscated in South Korea in 2012.
However, according to NIA, “the South Korean Customs Service, on 30th September 2018 revealed that it has seized 2,751 Chinese drugs/capsules, containing human remains from a foetus, infants and flesh imported into the country by some Chinese nationals.
“The manufacturers claim that the drugs/capsules can boost stamina, cure cancer, diabetes and some other terminal diseases.
“The capsules were smuggled in suitcases and through international mail.”
The agency revealed that the South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety indicated that 18.7 billion viruses, including hepatitis B virus, were found the capsules.
It stressed that the making of the human remain drugs and consuming them are crimes against humanity, which can also lead to serious health challenges.
NIA explained that it was monitoring the situation for detailed information.
“However, it is important for all relevant health regulatory agencies in Nigeria especially the Federal Ministry of Health, NAFDAC, NDLEA and SON to sensitize Nigerians of this development and warn them of the inherent dangers of patronizing drugs imported from China.
“The Customs Service, NOPOST and other mail delivery services should also step up monitoring of cargoes and packages with drugs imported into Nigeria.”
In 2011, Chinese officials launched investigations into the production of drugs made from dead fetuses.
The capsules were disguised as stamina boosters and some people believe them to be a panacea for disease.
When contacted, Technical Assistant/Head, Public Relations at SON, Mr Bola Fashina confirmed that a copy of the NIA letter was received by his agency.
Fashina said although it is the primary responsibilities of both NAFDAC and Customs Service, his organisation was also on the lookout.