LAGOS – A Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday remanded a businessman, Olisaemeka Osefoh, in prison custody for allegedly importing fake drugs into the country.
Osefoh, who resides at No. 15 Obidima St., Victory Estate, Iba in Ojo, Lagos, was arraigned by officers of the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control.
He is standing trial on a four-count charge, bordering on importation of fake drugs and importation of drug products without registration.
The Prosecutor, Mr Umar Shamaki, told the court that the accused committed the alleged offences on April 26, 2013 at Plaza 25 and 32, APT Market and the International Trade Fair Complex in Lagos.
Shamaki said that Osefoh imported fake drug products including: Mycoten cream (Clotrimazole), DGF Neurogesic Greaseless Ointment, Funbact A Tripple Action cream.
Others are: Skineal Compound Ketoconazole cream, Heel Balm and Imam Luxury Pressed Powder.
The prosecutor said that the accused also imported a medical device, known as a Rough Rider Studded (condom) without registration.
He said that the alleged offences contravened Sections 3 (1) (a), 6 (1) (a) and 8 (a) (b) of the Counterfeit and Fake Drug and Unwholesome Processed Foods (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act Cap C34, Laws of the Federation, 2004.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Counsel to the accused, Mrs Funmi Adeogun, told the court that she had filed a bail application.
The prosecutor, however, told the court that he had not been served with the bail application.
He urged the court to remand the accused in prison custody.
Consequently, Justice John Tsoho, remanded the accused in Ikoyi Prison and adjourned the case till Nov. 11 for hearing on bail application. (NAN)