23rd June, 2011
Three traders, Titus Amako, Joseph Orji and Nwokeji Ifeanyi, alleged to have imported fake drugs into the country for the purpose of selling them to unsuspecting members of the public, have appeared before a Federal High Court in Lagos.
In a four count criminal charge number FHC/L/32C/11 filed before the court by NAFDAC legal officer, Ekweremadu Chijioke, it was stated that Titus Amako of Shop D 25, Rivers Plaza, Trade Fair Complex, Lagos; Joseph Orji of Iba Estate, Iba, Lagos and Ifeanyi Nwokeji of 8, Ishola Street, off Ago Palace Way, Okota, Isolo, Lagos, on the 22nd day of September, 2010 at Trade Fair Complex, Lagos did import fake Funbact â€˜Aâ€™ cream into Nigeria and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (a ) of the Counterfeit, Fake Drug and Unwholesome Processed Foods Act, punishable under the same act.
The accused persons were also alleged to have stored the fake drug for the purpose of selling them under unsanitary condition and thereby committed and offence contrary to Section 6 of the Food and Drug Act and punishable under same act.
However, their pleas were not taken as the first accused person, Titus Amako claimed he did not understand English language.
Consequently, the presiding judge, Justice Binta Murtala Nyako, while adjourning till 30 June this year, ordered that he should secure the services of an interpreter before the next adjournment date.