Luke Mbah, a business man, has been remanded in prison by Justice Oluremi Oguntoyibo of the Federal High Court in Lagos on a four-court charge against him by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) bothering on importation of banned drugs.
The business man was alleged to have imported a 40-foot container-load of Barcadin with Codeine cough syrup, Afrodic Diclofenac Potassium tablet of 50mg, Feed-Fine Cyprohenptadine caplet of 50mg and De Really Extra Diclofenac Sodium tablet, without registration.
The Federal Task Force on Counterfeit and Fake Drug and Unwholesome Processed Food, Investigation and Enforcement Directorate of NAFDAC, Police and Nigeria Customs Service arrested the accused last month.
The accused pleaded not guilty while Prosecutor Umar Shamaki prayed the court for a trial date and asked that the defendant be remanded pending his trial.
Umar said the street value of the codeine and other products was N311.7 million.
Justice Oguntoyibo ordered that the defendant be kept in Ikoyi Prison, and adjourned the case till April 5.