14 April 2016
Okechukwu Tony Maduegbunam, a travelling agent of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) was yesterday paraded by the agencyf before the Federal High Court in Lagos for allegedly importating fake drugs.
The offence of importing unregistered drugs offends Section 1(1) of Food, Drugs and Related Products (Registration Etc.) Act, Cap F33 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and punishable under section 6(1)(a) of the same Act.
The alleged was arraigned before Justice Abdulazeez Anka on a three-count charge bordering on the alleged offence.
After the charges were read to him, Maduegbunam pleaded not guilty. Justice Abdulazeez Anka consequently, adjourned to May 17, this year and directed his remand in prison custody.
According to the charge, the accused, who lives at 11, Abibu Oki Street, Lagos Island, on or about February 10, this year at NAHCO Lagos, did import fake drugs, including anti-itch cream, Aspirin (325g) tablets, Rexall tablets, Naproxen Sodium tablets and Fexofenadine Hydrochloride.
He was also accused of importing unregistered drugs in the second count while the third count said he imported expired drugs. Shamaki said the offences are contrary to Section 1(a) of the Counterfeit and fake drugs and unwholesome processed foods (miscellaneous provisions) Act Cap C34 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria and punishable under section 3(1)(a) of the same Act.