Fake NAFDAC Registration Agents: Two Men Arraigned for $13,275 Fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arraigned two business men named Eze Okonkwo and Okechukwu Ariguzo, for defrauding an Indian, Mr. Yaser De Zhkam, the sum  of $13,275 fraudulently obtained on the false premix that they would help facilitate the registration some Indian regulated products with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has laid the case before a Federal high court in Lagos, Nigeria. The defendant had committed this fraudulent act between October and November 2016 in Lagos. To plough their uncalled act, they allegedly forged a NAFDAC letterhead paper dated June 9, 2016 and captioned it “Notification of Product Approval,” to facilitate the alleged fraud and as well forged a NAFDAC certificate of registration numbered 01-8097, falsely representing that it emanated from the office of the Director General of NAFDAC.

They went ahead still to forging another letter dated October 18, 2016 and captioned it “Re: Confirmation of File Number NAFDAC/ENU/DRH, APS/092276/016 for Immediate Issuance of NAFDAC Certificate” pur purportedly signed by one Mrs. Yetunde Oni, as the Executive Director of NAFDAC.

The offences alleged to have been committed by the accused are contrary to Section 8(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act No. 14 of 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act. The accused are charge with acting contrary to the provisions of Section 465 of the Criminal Code Act Cap 938 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and are liable to be punished under Section 467 of the same Act.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the 5 count charges laid on them before Justice Rilwan Aikawa as they were subsequently admitted to bail in the sum of N1 million each with one surety each in like sum who must come from Lagos.

The case was adjourned till November 28, 2017 for trial of the accused to commence.

NLIPW is following up on this case as we have received several emails of individuals committing similar nefarious acts. Please take proper precaution before transferring funds to individuals and unverified businesses for NAFDAC Registration. For more information, email trademarks@nlipw.com

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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com