A Lagos Federal High Court yesterday adjourned the trial of two accused persons charged for alleged importation of N10 billion fake drugs into the country till October 30, 2015.
The accused persons, Kennedy Okereke, alias Agama and Uchendu Oledibe, before Justice Mohammud Yunusa by anti drug agency, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, on a 12 count charge bordering on importation, labelling and circulation of counterfeit and expired drugs to the public.
The two accused persons, according to NDLEA, were alleged to have committed the offence on March 2, 2015.
At the resumed trial of the matter on Tuesday, NDLEA’s prosecutor, Mr. Umar Shimaki informed the court the agency’s unreadiness to proceed with the trial due to unavailability of the laboratory reports of the alleged fake drugs.
He informed the court that the laboratory section of the agency was still analysing the alleged 49 fake drugs imported into the country by the two accused persons.
He therefore made oral application for adjournment. Lawyer to the accused persons, Chief Benson Ndakara, did not oppose Shimaki’s application.
Chief Ndakara informed the court that his clients (the accused persons) will wait till the prosecution is ready for trial.
Consequently, the trial judge, Justice Yunusa adjourned the matter till October 30, for trial.
The two accused, according to NDLEA, have their warehouses at five different places in Lagos, which include; Mosco Shonubi Close, Shangisha; Okunowo Street, Ikosi, Ketu; Bello Street, Ikosi, Ketu; Iddo Terminus; and Consolidated Warehouse, Oyingbo, from where they allegedly labelled and circulated the counterfeit and expired drugs to innocent and unsuspecting members of the general public.
They were arraigned before Justice Yunusa on a 12 count charge bordering on importation, labelling and circulation of counterfeit and expired drugs to the public.
Some of the fake drugs allegedly imported into the country and labelled by the accused persons included Tarivid 200mg tablet; Augmentin 625mg tablet; Proviron tablet; Novasc 10mg tablet; Glucophage 500mg tablet; Cotecxin tablet; Rectin – A Cream; Regroton tablet; Clomid tablet; Loratyn-10 tablet and Cytotec-200mg tablet.
Also listed were Lexotan tablet, Tegretol tablet, Nizoral 200mg tablet; Analgin injection; Vitalas Tetanus injection; Viagra 100mg tablet among several others.
Shamaki had also alleged that the accused loaded the products into a container measuring over 20 by 40 feet in dimension.
The NDLEA prosecutor, Shamaki said the offence contravened Section 1 (a) of the Counterfeit, Fake Drug and Unwholesome Processed Foods (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act Cap C34, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, and punished under Section 3 (1) (a) of the same Act.

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