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Businessman remanded for importing fake drugs

Justice Hadiza Rabiu-Shagari of a Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday remanded in prison custody a businessman, Ezeanwu Ifeanyi, who allegedly imported container load of fake drugs into the country.
The remand order was sequel to Ifeanyi’s arraignment before the court by the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on a one count-charge over the alleged offence.
Upon his arraignment, the accused denied the offence.
In view of his plea, NDLEA’s lawyer, Umar Shamaki, while seeking a trial date, asked the court to remand the accused in prison.
In his submission, defence lawyer, Chinwobi Adiele, drew the court’s attention to his client’s pending bail application. He also requested that the court should direct the prosecution to serve him with the proof of evidence.
In his response, Shamaki said he has just been served with the application and that he needed time to respond to the application.
After listening to the submissions of parties, Justice Shagari adjourned the matter till March 16, for the hearing of the bail application.
Adjourning the matter, the judge ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody pending when his bail application would be heard.
In a charge marked, FHC/L/38C/2018, NAFDAC alleged that the businessman imported a one by 40ft container loaded with fake and banned drugs such as Tramadol, Ibamol, Heogra and others.
The businessman, a resident of 2, Rumak Street, Satellite Town, Ojo, Lagos, was said to have been found in possession of the said container which housed Tramadol Hydrochloric tablets of 225mg, Tramadol tablets of 250mg, Royal Tramadol of 225mg, Ibamol tablet of 50 mg, Heogra tablet of 150 mg and Diarrhea capsule.
The offence is said to be contrary to Section 1(a) of the Counterfeit and Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods (Miscellaneous Provision) Act Cap. C34 Law of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, and punishable under Section 3(1) of the same Act.

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