From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria (PCN), has dragged three male suspects; Afam Ofor, 26 years, Peter Gabriel, 30years and Edwin Nwobodo, 25 years, before a Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna for selling and delivering patent or proprietary medicines to unsuspecting general public without approval.
In the suit No.FGC/KAD/142C/2017 which came up yesterday before Justice Sale Musa Shuaibu, the suspects were charged on four counts which includes; that the three suspects all of Warri Street Kaduna, on or about the 10th day of October, 2017 along Warri Street Kaduna within the jurisdiction of the honourable court, not being a selling dispenser, a Chemist or a holder of a patent and proprietary medicine Vendors license did sell or deliver patent or proprietary medicines contrary to section 34(1)(a) and (b) and punishable under section 34(2) of the poisons and pharmacy ACT, CAP 535, LFN 1990.
“That you disobeyed lawful order issued by PCN officials who are authorized public servants, when you were found to be selling or delivering medicines without patent Medicine Vendors License and your shops were sealed and you were ordered to comply by obtaining license but, you disobeyed the order and broke the seal and resumed sale of medicines unlawful thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 203 of the criminal code ACT LFN 2004.
“That you willfully and unlawfully damaged a seal valued N30,000 property of Federal Government of Nigeria, placed on your shop to close it for operating the shop without license in breach of the law,
you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 451 of the Criminal Code ACT Cap C38, LFN 2004.
“That you willfully and unlawfully damaged padlock valued N2,500 property of the Federal Government of Nigeria used to lock your shop for operating the said shop without license in breach of the law, you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 451 of the Criminal Code ACT Cap C38, LFN 2004”.
The three suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges. The presiding Judge, Justice Shuaibu admitted the suspects to administrative bail currently enjoyed by them and fixed 5th of December, 2017 to hear the bail application by Counsel to the accused persons.
Speaking to the media, Counsel to PCN, Shafiu Abubakar Maishanu Esq. alongside Mofe Ogbe Esq., said PCN move is to check the rampage drugs abuse in the society because most of the addicts gets their drugs from these unregistered patent medicine dealers.