A businessman, Ezeanwu Ifeanyi, who allegedly imported a container load of fake drugs into the country was yesterday remanded in prison by Justice Hadiza Rabiu-Shagari of a Federal High Court in Lagos.
The remand order was a sequel to Ifeanyi’s arraignment before the court by the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration Control (NAFDAC) on a count charge over the alleged offence.
Upon his arraignment, the accused person denied the offence.
In view of his plea, NDLEA’s lawyer, Umar Shamaki, while seeking for a trial date asked the court to remand the accused person in prison.
In his submissions, 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 to March 16, for the hearing of the accused person’s bail application.
The judge while adjourning the matter also ordered that the accused person be remanded in prison custody pending when his bail application will be heard.
In a charge marked, FHC/L/38C/2018, NAFDAC alleged that the businessman imported a 1 by 40ft container loaded with fake and banned drugs of banned 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 was 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 and Section 3(1) of the same Act.