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Pharmacists protest harassment by NDLEA in Kaduna

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Pharmacists in Kaduna State have taken to the streets to protest against what they claim is harassment and extortion by the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency.

Led by the State Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Sunday Okoh, the pharmacists accused the NDLEA of intimidating, illegally arresting, and demanding bribes from its members.

Okoh expressed their frustration during a press conference, stating, “Enough is enough. We are tired of the incessant harassment of members of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria by the NDLEA in Kaduna State.”

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The PSN called on the NDLEA to respect patients’ rights and allow pharmacists to fulfill their duties without interference. They emphasized the vital role pharmacists play in ensuring access to life-saving medications.

“All over the planet Earth, the right to medications (life) is fundamental. Pharmacists are licensed to import, export, dispense, and distribute drugs. However, the NDLEA has obstructed these life-saving roles for their own gain, exploiting Nigerians and demanding bribes,” Okoh stated.

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The association condemned the alleged actions of the NDLEA, including raiding pharmacies, confiscating prescription drugs, and obstructing bail applications.

“Arresting pharmacists and obstructing bail application in the name of ongoing investigations, confiscating prescription drugs at pharmacies, and placing a seal on the pharmacies can no longer be tolerated,” Okoh added.

The PSN called on the National Assembly and the Presidency to intervene and curb the excesses of the NDLEA in Kaduna State.

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Responding to the allegations, the state Commandant of the NDLEA, Samaila Danmalam, defended the agency’s actions, stating, “If you do wrong, NDLEA will not let you go scot-free. The law should take its course.”

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