Last week, Ebenezer Arimiwen, a business was sentenced and convicted to 15 months imprisonment without an option of fine, for manufacturing fake cosmetics by Justice Jude Dagat of the Federal High Court in Lagos.
The convict was arraigned with seven count charges bothering on manufacturing cosmetic products without approval, wrong labelling, distribution of unregistered cosmetic products and producing cosmetic without approval of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control Agency (NAFDAC). The products included some unidentified white creams, Nice Skin Maxitona Lotion, Perfect White Lightening Beauty Lotion, HQ High Quality Luxury Milk, and some unlabelled cosmetics.
The convict, a resident of 6, Fakanbi Street, Egbeda, Lagos, was first arraigned before the court on October 20, 2014 and charged by the NAFDAC.
The prosecutor, Umaru Shamaki said the offences are contrary to Section 1, 5(a) of the Food Drugs and Related Products (registration etc.) Act, Cap F33, LFN 2004 and punishable under Section 6 (1) (a), 17(1) of the same Act. And Section 1, 6 of the Cosmetic Products (Labelling) Regulation 2005 and punishable under Section 20 (1) (a) of the same Regulations.
Shamaki added that the convict pleaded not guilty to the charges when he was first arranged and he was admitted to bail on various terms.
The prosecutor called six witnesses who testified that the convict was arrested with the fake cosmetic products.
During the trial, the prosecutor tendered several exhibits which included the convict’s confessional statements, laboratory text analysis of the products he was arrested with, among other supporting evidence.
In his judgment, Justice Dagat said “I am satisfied that the prosecution has been able to prove his case against the convict beyond reasonable doubt. I hereby find you guilty of all the counts of the charge”.
“Consequently, the convict is hereby sentence to 15 months on count one, two, three, four and five and 10 months on count six and seven. The terms of the sentence are to run concurrently, while the time spent in detention be removed from the terms.” The judge ruled.