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Court Remands Importer Of Container Loaded With Fake Tramadol In Prison



Justice Hadiza Rabiu-Shagari of the Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday remanded a businessman, Ifeanyi Ezeanwu in prison custody for allegedly importing a 1 by 40 container loaded with fake drugs including Tramadol, Ibamol and Heogr. Justice Rabiu-Shagari ordered that Ezeanwu be kept in prison after he was arraigned by the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration Control (NAFDAC) on one count charge of importation of fake drugs.

NAFDAC in the charge marked FHC/L/38C/2018, alleged that the businessman, a resident of 2, Rumak street, Satellite Town, Ojo, Lagos, was found in possession of the said container which contained Tramadol Hydrochloric tablets of 225mg, Tramadol tablets of 250mg, Royal Tramadol of 225mg, Ibamol tablet of 50 mg, Heogra tablet of 150 mg and Diarrhea capsule.

The action of the accused person, according to the prosecutor, Umar Shamaki, is contrary to section 1(a) of the counterfeit and fake drugs and unwholesome processed foods (miscellaneous provision) Act Cap. C34 Law of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, and punishable and section 3(1) of the same Act.

The accused person, pleaded not guilty to the charge. Based on his plea, the prosecutor urged the court to adjourn the case, while also asking the court to remand the accused in prison custody, pending trial. However, lawyer to the accused person, Chinwobi Adiele, prayed the court to ordered the prosecution to oblige him with the proof of evidence.

Adiele, also told the court that his client’s bail application is pending before the court and such as been served of the prosecution. Responding, the prosecutor informed the court that he was served of the application in court this morning, and that he needed time to respond to the application, saying that non reply to the application would mean that the prosecution had admitted to the facts deposed therein.

Following the submission of the prosecutor, Justice Rabiu-Shagari, adjourned the matter till March 16, for hearing and ruling on the accused bail application. Justice Rabiu-Shagari, however ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody pending till the next adjourned date.