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Former Emzor Staff Arrested For Selling Codeine To BBC Reporter


A former staff of Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Limited has been arrested over an attempt to sell illicit substances suspected to be codeine to a BBC correspondent in Lagos.

Aside trying to sell the illicit substance to the reporter, the police said Maduike Chukwonye also sold the drugs to unauthorized persons since he was sacked in May, 2018.

The police said the suspect tried to flee from the country when he realized that the police were looking for him.

It was learnt that the suspect was recently caught on camera while selling restricted drugs to a BBC undercover investigator, one Adejuwon Soyinka aka Mr. Nohnson.

Lagos State Commissioner of Police Imohimi Edgal who paraded the suspect before journalists, yesterday, at the command headquarters said the trail of the suspect started on May 1, 2018, after Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Limited reported a case of unlawful distribution of controlled substances in breach of the drugs laws of Nigeria by Madubuike Chukwunonye.

Edgal said the company alleged that while in the employment of Emzor, the suspect had access to limited quantities of Emzolyn with Codeine for purpose of distribution to licensed retail pharmacies under his assigned territory.

He said due to greed for money, the suspect knowingly supplied the controlled drugs to persons who were not supposed to have access to them contrary to the dictates of the laws of Nigeria.

He said the suspect, who had been on the run since May, 2018, was eventually arrested by operatives of the command, attached to Area D Headquarters, at Idi Iroko border town in Ogun State while trying to escape into Cotonou, Benin Republic.

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