By Gbenga Ogunbufunmi
The National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration Control (NAFDAC), today, arraigned a man, Yusuf Wasiu Adio, before a Federal High Court, for allegedly brewing fake and unregistered herbal bitter drinks.
The defendant, a resident of 5, Ibile Street, Mowo-Nla, Ikorodu, Lagos, was arrested by NAFDAC operatives at his brewery, located at 11, Oladapo Olomo Street, Gberigbe, also in Ikorodu area of Lagos State while brewing the said fake and unregistered herbal bitter drinks.
The fake herbal bitter drinks allegedly brewed by the defendant include: Okiki Ibile VIP Alcohol bitter, Odu bitter, also called ‘knockout’; Ogogoro Ibile Amotekun; Japata Alcohol bitter and nonalcoholic Odu and Amotekun bitters.
The Prosecutor, Mr. Umaru Shamaki, who led Mini Blessing Nnenda, told the court that the offence committed by the defendant contravened sections (1)(a), 1(1) and 5 of Counterfeiting and Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, Cap. C34 of Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and Punishable under S. 6, 3(1)(a) and 17 of the same Act.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the allegations.
Following his not guilty plea, the prosecuting team asked the court for a trial date, while also urged the court to remand the defendant till the end of the matter.
However, counsel to the defendant, Olajide Erinle, urged the court to discountenance the remand request of the prosecution.
The Defendant Counsel, who said he has a bail application on behalf of the defendant urged the court to grant his client bail on liberal terms.
Ruling on the bail application, Justice Nicholas Oweibo, conceded to the request of the defence team and admitted bail to the defendant in the sum of N500,000 with one surety in the like sum.
The surety, according to Justice Oweibo, must be a Civil Servant on Grade Level 08, while the prosecution must verify all documents submitted to meet the bail terms.
The judge thereafter adjourned the matter till October 21, 2020, for trial.
Meanwhile, the prosecutor, Shamaki, said with the synergy that now exists among government agencies, the defendant will still be handed over to National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for prosecution, over alleged illegal processing of Cannabis Sativa, popularly called marijuana or Indian hemps.
Shamaki said the defendant, during his arrest, was caught processing large quantity of Indian hemps.