NAFDAC Arraigns Businessman For Obstructing Officials

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has arraigned a businessman, Peter Obih, for obstructing officials from carrying out the inspection of alleged fake products of Crusader medicated Soap.

Obih was arraigned alongside his company, Sea Map Nigeria Limited before a Federal High Court in Lagos.

The defendants were arraigned before Justice Nkemakonam Ogazi on three counts bordering on obstruction, aiding a suspect, and importation of unregistered drug products of Crusader, preferred against them by NAFDAC.

NAFDAC Prosecutor, Ngozi Emma-Afoke, told the court that Obih and his company allegedly committed the offences on July 18, 2023.

She said that the incident took place at Plot C23, Amuwo Odofin Industries Layout, Amuwo, area of Lagos state.

The prosecutor told the court that Obih, obstructed the officers of the NAFDAC, from performing their lawful duty by refusing to disclose the actual whereabouts of the 1,139 cartons of unregistered drug products of Crusader medicated Soap, which the Nigeria Police, Zone 2 Headquarters, Onikan, Lagos released to him on bond.

Emma-Afoke, also said that the first defendant aided one Mr. Osakwe (now at large) in distributing fake drug products and Crusader medicated Soap.

She further told the court that the defendant imported unregistered products of Crusader medicated Soap.
According to her, the offences committed contravened Sections 25 (1) 4, 1 (1),1 (c), and 3 of NAFDAC 2004.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to all three counts.

Given the plea of the defendants, the prosecutor urged the court to remand the first defendant to the Correctional Centre and also asked for a trial date.

But the lawyer to the defendant Isaac Obarike informed the court that he had filed a bail application dated February 8, 2024, and the same has been served on the prosecution.

He said the bail application was brought according to sections 115 and sections 2 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State and sections 35 and 36 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

In his ruling, Justice Ogazi admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N250,000 with one surety in like sum.

The judge held that the surety must be either a civil servant or a property owner within the jurisdiction of the court.

However, the court handed over the defendant to his lawyer pending the perfection of his bail conditions.

The case was however adjourned till May 22 for trial.

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