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Fake drugs: Court fixes date for prosecution of distributor

A Lagos Federal High Court has fixed March 15, for the further hearing of a trial of a Lagos based trader, Mr Kingsley Chinedu Alisigwe for alleged sales of fake pharmaceutical products.
Alisigwe a drug distributor is being charged by National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, on a five count charge .
The presiding judge, Justice Hadizat Shagari pronounced adjournment after listening to the seventh Prosecution witness, Mr John Babaman an officer with NAFDAC.
Babaman while under cross-examination from the defence counsel, told the court that out of the twenty samples of the Standprim Contrim tablets taken for analysis at the NAFDAC Laboratory, eight of the samples did not meet the standard requirements expected of the drug.
When asked if he could remember the date he inputted the results into the e-laboratory Babaman told the court that he could not remember as the analyses and the imputation was not done on the same day.
The offence committed according to the Prosecution is said to be contrary to section 1 (a) of the Counterfeit and Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods (miscellaneous provisions) Act Cap C.34LFN 2004 and punishable under section 3 (1)(a) of the same Act.
Akinlade Wahab/ Lagos

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