Crime & Society

Trader 38, Remanded In Prison Over Importation Of Fake, Substandard Body Lotion

Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke of a Federal High Court, Lagos, on Wednesday remanded a 38-years-old trader, Emeka Obi, at Ikoyi Prisons over alleged importation of fake products.

Obi, a trader at the Trade Fair Complex, Ojo, Lagos, is being prosecuted by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on a two-count charge of importation of fake and substandard products.

He however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Justice Aneke ordered the remand of the accused pending his bail application.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Mr Umar Shamaki, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Aug. 1.

He said that Obi, the owner of Shop D55, Oyo Plaza at the complex, had imported a 40-ft container of substandard Betasol Lotion and Funbeaut, a triple action complexion soap.

He said the accused had concealed the products in the container which was brought in through the SDV/SCOA Terminal, KLT Lagos.

Shamaki said the offences contravened the provisions of Section 1 of the Food, Drugs and Related Products Act, Laws of the Federation, 2004.

The offence also contravenes the provisions of Section 1(a) of the Counterfeit and Fake Drugs, and Unwholesome Processed Food, (Miscellanous Provisions) Act, 2004.

The case was adjourned to Dec. 5 for trial. (NAN)

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