NAFDAC Arraigns Businessman for alleged importation of fake drug

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By Sandra Umeh

Lagos:  The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has arraigned a 32-year-old businessman, Obinna Igbo before a Federal High Court in Lagos for alleged importation and sale of a fake drug.

Igbo was charged on four counts of unlawful importation, possession, sale and distribution of fake Amanta Forte, an unregistered drug.

According to the charge, the defendant committed the offences on May 4 at Shop E200, Freedom Line, Onitsha Head Bridge Market.

NAFDAC alleges that Igbo imported fake Amanta Forte soft gel capsules and sold same to members of the public, from his shop in the market.


According to the agency, the offences contravene the provisions of Section 1(a) of the Counterfeit and Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act of 2004.

They also contravened the provisions of Sections 1(1) of the Food, Drugs and Related Products Registration Act of 2004. (NAN / Flowerbudnews

Igbo, who is being prosecuted by NAFDAC, however, pleaded not guilty before Justice Tijani Ringim.

After his plea, prosecution counsel, Mrs Chinyere Okoli, prayed the court to remand him in custody pending trial.

Although defence counsel, Mr A.C. Oforjiuba, sought to make an oral bail application for Igbo, the judge ordered that he should be kept in a correctional facility pending a formal bail application.

He adjourned the case until June 6 for trial. NAN/ Flowerbudnews

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