5th August, 2010
An Asaba-based businessman, Paulinus Ejike Onuah, alleged to have imported fake drugs into Nigeria has been arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos by National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
In a three-count criminal charge filed before Justice Olatoregun Isola by the legal officer of NAFDAC, Mohammed Baba, it was alleged that Onuorah of 11, Nimo Street, Asaba, Delta State, sometime in May this year at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, imported fake drugs comprising Lincocin Capsule, Ampiclox, Atesenate and Postinor into the country.
All the fake drugs were not registered with NAFDAC.
The offences of importing fake drug into the country without registration are said to be contrary to and punishable under section 1 (1) of the Counterfeit and Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Food, Miscellaneous Provision Act 2004.
The accused pleaded not guilty and his counsel Barrister Olawale Salu urged the court to admit him to bail as credible sureties would be provided.
The accused was granted bail in the sum of N10 million with two sureties in like sum. The two sureties must be men of means known within the jurisdiction of the court.
The case has been adjourned till 23 September for trial.