By Onozure Dania
Lagos—A septuagenarian, Esther Akinsanya, was, yesterday, remanded in prison custody by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos over alleged sale of adulterated Dangote Sugar.
Justice Ayotunde Faji ordered her remand before adjourning till November 13, pending when she is able to perfect her bail application.
The 72-year-old businesswoman was arraigned alongside her company by the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, over the alleged crime.
Akinsanya and her company is standing trial for conspiracy, unlawful importation and re-bagging of unregistered sugar, distribution and selling of sugar not fortified with Vitamin A.
The NAFDAC prosecutor, Mr. Umar Shamaki, alleged that the businesswoman was caught at her shop located at 1, Tailor Road, Iddo, Lagos, on August 2, where she and her workers were re-bagging some unfortified Brazilian sugar brands into Dangote Sugar bags.
Selling of the unfortified granulated sugar was said to be contrary to NAFDAC Act, sections 5(a), 1(1) of the Food and Drugs Act Cap l. F.33, Law of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, and punishable under Sections 17(1) and (2), 8(1) and (2), 17(1) and (2) and 6 (1) (a) and (b) of the same Act.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty and her counsel, Mr. I. N. Fayehun, urged the court to give a short adjournment to enable him file proper bail application.