By Onozure Dania
Lagos — The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration Control, NAFDAC, yesterday, re-arraigned a businessman, Benjamin Ojukwu, before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, for allegedly producing and distributing fake wines and other drinks.
The defendant who has his stores at 56, Market Street and 42, Alasalatu Street, both in Mushin, Lagos, according to the NAFDAC, was arrested on April 3, 2018.
He is facing a six-count charge bordering on unlawful production of fake wines, warehousing, distribution and unlawful possession of the same product, preferred against him, by NAFDAC.
According to the prosecutor O. Uba, the offences are contrary to Sections 1(a) of the Counterfeit and Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods (miscellaneous provision) Act Cap. C34 and Section 6 of the food and drug Act. Cap. F32 Laws of the Federation, 2004, and punishable under sections 3(1)(a), 6(1)(a) and 8 of the same Act.
However the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.
In view of the defendant’s plea, the prosecutor asked the court for a trial date.
Meanwhile the defendant’s lawyer, Prosper Ojakovo, urged the court to allow his client continue with the bail terms granted him by Justice Hadiza Rabiu-Shagari, when he was first arraigned before the court.
Justice Shagari had on June 6, 2018, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N2 million with two sureties in like sum.
Justice I. N. Oweibo, while adjourning the case till May 7, for the commencement of trial, ordered that the defendant should continue with the earlier bail granted him by Justice Shagari.