By Henry Ojelu
A man, Samson Offia arrested by police for allegedly manufacturing adulterated alcoholic beverages and liquors have blamed economic hardship for his action.
Offia, who is a father of six children and a driver was arrested after the Police conducted a search on his residence and discovered a local factory where he was producing different brands of adulterated alcoholic beverages and liquors.
According to the Police, during the search, various brands of Products suspected to be adulterated were found in his residence.
The Police also said empty wine bottles and labelled bottle corks of different types of wine and hot drinks were also recovered.
The noted that the suspect would be charged to court after thorough investigation.
The suspect, who claimed to be a year-three National Diploma (ND 3) student of Food Technology at the Yaba College of Technology, however, confessed that he started the business not too long ago.
He said, “There is no point lying about this again, it is true I committed the offence.
And it is due to economic hardship. I am a father of six children and a driver with Inner City Mission (ICM) School.
“I’m also a part time student of Food Tech at Yaba Tech. I’m in ND 3, I just wrote my final exams.
“I suddenly saw Policemen in my house with a search warrant and after the search, they found all the equipment I’m using to produce the drinks. The things found include various brands of hot drinks suspected to be adulterated, empty bottles and labelled bottle corks of different types of drinks.
“But it’s not that I specialise in it, I just do it once a while. I don’t have a standard factory or produce in large quantities. In fact, I only produce just six bottles anytime I decide to. And I sell to just one customer. On how much he sells per bottle, Offia said he sells a bottle of his adulterated gin for N300.
The suspect, however, said he was sorry for his action, adding that the economy pushed him to such crime.
He also appealed to the companies ,whose products he was faking, to forgive him.
“I just plead with the companies, whose product I’ve been faking to please forgive me. The economy is not encouraging at all that’s why I had to do this. Just forgive me and I promise I won’t do it again”, Offia pleaded.