Operatives of the Inspector General of Police (IGP’s) Intelligence Response Team (IRT) have uncovered an illegal factory where fake drugs are produced at No 2 Okunnenye Street, Ikotun Egbe Area of Lagos State.
Our correspondent gathered that cartons of several fake drugs, large quantities of unprocessed chemical substances used in manufacturing drugs, several machines fabricated for processing, manufacturing and packaging of fake drugs, forged pharmaceutical papers, plastic buckets of different types suspected to be fake drugs were recovered from the premises.
Four suspects have been arrested.
The public relations officer of the Nigerian Police Force, Jimoh Moshood, who paraded the suspects at the factory premises gave the names of the suspects as, Emeka Madu (also known as Cabara), 47, owner of the multi million naira factory; Eze Young, Chijioke Umunna and Kingsley Obilo, all staff of Cabara.
According to Moshood, the IRT, working on credible intelligence stormed and raided the suspected fake factory at Ikotun area of Lagos where substantial production, packaging and distribution of suspected fake drugs to different parts of the country were being carried out.
He said the terrible act might have resulted into several deaths, health complications, and physical disabilities of many victims nationwide.
According to him, the hideout where the fake drugs were being produced was raided on December 13th, 2018 by IRT led by the commander of the unit, DCP Abbah Kyari, adding that the IGP, Ibrahim Idris, has commended IRT and the Lagos State Police Command for their good works in bursting illegal manufacturing factories especially where foods, drugs and drinks are produced.
In his words, “The IGP has advised members of the public to be wary of where they procure foodstuffs, drugs and drinks as many of them are fake and may cause outright deaths or physical and mental disability.
“The premises has been sealed and remains sealed till determination of the law court.”
The principal suspect, Cabara, while speaking with journalists said, “I am 47 years old, from Mbaise in Imo State and I am the owner of the factory. I am a school certificate holder, who learnt the trade from a friend who is now late. I started my own business about four years ago. Although, I am not a pharmacist or chemist, the drugs are not totally fake as I use quality chemicals to produce them.