by Emmanuel Chidiogo
The National Agency for Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has said that it has obtained an arrest warrant to bring into custody Cameroonian singer/beautician, Reprudencia Sonkey, better known by her stage name, Dencia.
The agency claims that the musician selling her controversial Whitenicious body cream in Nigeria, is illegal.
“There is this Cameroonian singer that has been going around with a cream…if I get her, she’ll be arrested,” NAFDAC Director-General, Paul Orhii, said while speaking at the recently held Nigerian Entertainment Industry Health Insurance Convention, in Lagos.
Orhii also accused Dencia of selling a product that causes skin cancer.
In response to allegations, Dencia’s management described Orhii’s claims as defamation, and asserted that the agency has no right to arrest the singer.
“Whitenicious is not made in Nigeria and has no connections with Nigeria. Doesn’t Nigeria have more problems than worry about Dencia? Arrest Dencia? LoL how do you arrest a US citizen? SMH! African leaders need to focus on Africa and stop joining the bandwagon for fame.
“Whitenicious has been in the market for under 7 months and all these vicious lies and attack someone will pay for it and maybe it will be NAFDAC incase they didn’t get a simple law class you don’t make such comments about anyone and their business especially because no one has had any cancer like they claim. This is defamation. They need to study more and talk less. Nigeria has more issues than Whitenicious,” Dencia’s management said.
There has been so much controversy over the bleaching ability of Whitenicious, which even landed Dencia an invitation from Oprah Winfrey Network for an interview which she reportedly turned down due to the fact that she was not going to be paid for it.
Speaking on a BBC interview earlier this year, the singer said alhough the product lightens the tone of the skin, it wasn’t her purpose for selling it.
“It will bleach your skin, yes. But, is that what I’m selling it for? No. I’m a Christian and if I was selling Whitenicious for the purpose of bleaching the whole skin and lying about it, I don’t think God would have blessed me with selling out in 24 hours. God doesn’t like dirty and I believe that because I’m honest about what I’m doing, whatever the media is saying that is their problem.”