“Our inspection and enforcement teams are in the premises of the four pharmaceutical companies that were shown in the [BBC] video,” Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, who heads the Nafdac, told Nigeria’s Vanguard newspaper.
“Our officials are there putting things on hold, and everything is being documented. When completed, we will prepare our report and then we will take appropriate action.
“If products that are fake or substandard are discovered, such products will be seized and destroyed.
“These companies that were caught, from our records, have a limited amount of codeine, but from what the documentary showed there is indication that the production is more than the quantity that was approved. So the question can be asked, was there smuggling involved?” Prof Adeyeye said.
The companies have so far made no public comment on the issue.
What do we know about the ban?
The BBC investigation was carried out by BBC Pidgin and Africa Eye, a new investigation unit.
However, Olajide Oshundun, the Ministry of Health’s assistant director of information, said the ban was a result of months of work by a committee, which submitted a report into the widespread abuse of the medication on Tuesday.