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Published On: Thu, Oct 30th, 2014

NAFDAC drags 4 to court over counterfeit products

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NafdacThe National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), weekend dragged four persons before a Federal High Court in Lagos for allegedly dealing in fake and unregistered products.

The four persons, who were separately apprehended and charged differently, are Edith Ify Unigwe, Nnameka Nwabueze, Tina Ezeaku and Ebenezer Arimiwem.

During their separate arraignment on Friday, the prosecuting counsel, Umar Shamaki, told the court that Unigwe and Nwabueze sold unregistered De Rica tin tomatoes on October 16, at Oke-Arin Market on Lagos Island.

Ezeaku on her own, was arraigned on four counts of manufacturing and selling fake and unregistered yoghurt product, labelled Timbora Yoghurt.

The prosecutor revealed that she committed the offence on October 17, 2014 in Mafoluku, Oshodi area of Lagos.

She was further accused of obstructing members of the Federal Task Force on Fake Drugs, counterfeit and Unwholesome Processed Food and other regulated products in the course of their duties.

As for Arimiwem, the prosecutor, Shamaki, told the court that the accused was involved in an unauthorised manufacturing, distribution and sale of fake cosmetic products labelled as Nice Skin Cream and Perfect White Cream among others.

Arguing his case before Justices Mohammed Yunusa and Okon Abang on Friday, Shamaki said the four accused persons violated sections 1(a) and 8(1)(b) of the Food, Drugs and Related Products (registration) Act, Cap F33, LFN, 2004. All the accused however pleaded not guilty to their separate charges and were subsequently remanded in the prison custody on the order of court.

Justice Yunusa has adjourned till November 18 for consideration of bail application for the accused.(NAN)


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