Producer Of Fake Product Convicted


A Lagos businessman, John Okechukwu, is to spend the next six months behind the bars  for manufacturing fake products or in the alternative, he is to pay N100,000 fine.

According to the Mohammed Baba, prosecuting counsel to National Agency for Food Drug  Administration and Control (NAFDAC), while reviewing the fact of the case, the  journey to the prison of the convict started some time in May 2008, when NAFDAC  operatives, based on a tip off, raided his office at 39, Church Street, Idumota,  Lagos and found in his possession, five unregistered cartons of unwholesome Seaman  Schnapps.

The offence committed by the convict is contrary to section 1(1) of the Counterfeit  and Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Food Miscellaneous Provision Act of 1999  and punishable under Section 3 of same Act.

Initially, when the convict was arraigned before a Federal High Court, he pleaded  not guilty but later changed his plea to guilty.

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His counsel, Chijioke Nlebdan, urged the court to temper justice with mercy as the  convict was a first offender and has shown remorse.

In his judgment, Justice Okon Abang sentenced the accused to six months each on the  two-count criminal charge. The sentences are to run concurrently or in the  alternative, to pay N100,000 fine.

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