From Matthew Aramunde, Lagos
Justice James Tsoho, of a Federal High Court in Lagos, at the weekend remanded a middle-aged man, Olisaemeka Osefor, in prison for allegedly importing fake drugs into the country.
The accused had earlier been arraigned before the court by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), on a four-count charge of importing and being in possession of fake drugs.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge. The oral bail application made by his counsel, Funmi Adeogun, was opposed by the prosecution counsel, Umar Shamaki, on the grounds that there should be a formal bail application before the court, to give the agency a room to reply.
The matter was consequently adjourned till November 11, for the hearing of the bail application.
The accused is, however, to remain in prison custody pending the hearing of the application.
In the charge, NAFDAC accused Olisaemeka of being in possession of some fake drugs, namely: Funbact A Triple Action Cream, Skineal Compound Ketoconazole Cream, Heel Balm and Imam Luxury Pressed Powder.
He was also accused of importing some fake drugs, namely; Mycoten Cream (Clotrimazole), DGF Neurogesic Greaseless Ointment, Funbact A Triple Action Cream, Skineal Compound Ketoconazole Cream, Heel Balm and Imam Luxury Pressed Powder.