The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has won a landmark judgment securing an 11 years imprisonment against a middle-aged man who specializes in counterfeiting various alcoholic drinks.
The landmark judgment was delivered by the Presiding Judge of the Federal High Court Port-Harcourt division, Justice R.M Aikawa who sentenced the accused person, Sunday Okeke, on a four-count charge of violating Counterfeit and Fake Drugs and Unwholesome processed Food Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
It would be recalled that Mr. Okeke was arrested at Orumumafi Mami Market of the Nigerian Air force Port-Harcourt for illegal production of fake and unregistered products like Bacchus tonic wine, King Edward, Centurion and Glen Garry Gold Blended Scotch.
After rigorous prosecution of the case by NAFDAC’s legal team Okeke had his day in court when the presiding judge handed down the judgment on a four count charge with option of fine of 600, 000 (six hundred thousand naira) only.
This recent conviction has been hailed by NAFDAC as very significant as it will send a strong signal to counterfeiters and fakers of the agency’s regulated products. The judgment is also further testimony of the resolve of Dr. Paul Orhii’s leadership of the agency to rid Nigeria of criminals dealing in fake, substandard, unregistered NAFDAC regulated products.