NAFDAC Arraigns Tasty Time MD For Allegedly Producing Fake Products

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The National Agency  for Food and Drugs  Administration Control (NAFDAC), today arraigned the Managing Director of a popular juice manufacturing company, Tasty Time Nigeria Limited, Mr. Isaac Kole, before a Federal High Court, Lagos, on a four-count charge of producing fake products.

Isaac Kole was arraigned before Justice Hadiza Rabiu-Shagari’s court alongside his company, Tasty Time Nigeria Limited by NAFDAC.

NAFDAC in a charge marked FHC/L/351c/17, alleged that Kole and his company have been using his firm located at 1, Kole Street, Ipaja, Lagos, to produce unregistered Tasty Time products which include: Tasty Time juice, Glucosaid Energy drink, Tasty Time Pops Orange flavour drink, Tasty Time Fitz Apple drink, and Tasty Time mixed orange flavour drink.

The duo were also alleged to have package, labeled the said Tasty Time products in a manner likely to create wrong impression that they are genuine

NAFDAC further alleged that the defendants also sold the same unregistered products to the general public.

The offences according to the prosecutor, Mrs. Okoli Chinyere, are contrary to sections 1(1), 5(a) and 5(e) and punishable under sections 6(1)(a) and 17(4) of Foods and Drugs and related Products Cap. F33, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Following the defendants plea of not guilty, their lawyer,  Dayo Adamolekun, pleaded with the court to admit his clients bail on self recognisance or in the alternative, on the most liberal terms.

Adamolekun hinged his application on his client’s health status, adding that the first defendant, Kole, is an elder statesman and an employer of labour, who has over 400 employees in his firm.

Furthermore, Adamolekun told the court that due to the charge that is hanging on his client’s neck, his company has been sealed, and the 400 workers are now jobless.

He also stated that bail is a constitutional rights of his client as guarantee by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

In response to the application, the NAFDAC’s lawyer, Mrs. Okoli did not oppose the bail application.

She also told the court that the defendant is on the administrative bail which was granted to him by the agency.

In her short ruling, the Presiding Judge, Justice Rabiu-Shagari, said,  “In  view of the plea of the defendant and based on his health issue, I will not ask the defendant to go to the prison, but  should continue to enjoy the administrative bail granted them till Monday, when their bail applications would be ruled on.

The judge however, ordered the defendant to produce a director either from the Federal or Lagos State Ministry, Parastatals Departments or Agencies (MDAs), who will sign an undertaken to produce him in court on Monday, for ruling on his bail application.

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