Businessman re-arraigned before Federal High Court over sale of fake Emzolyn with codeine

Businessman re-arraigned before Federal High Court over sale of fake Emzolyn with codeine

- A businessman identified as Chukwunonye Madubuike has been re-arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos

- Madubuike was -re-arraigned by the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control for selling fake Emzolyn with codeine syrup

- The defendant was alleged to have committed the offence on April 24, 2018

The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Thursday, March 14, re-arraigned a businessman, Chukwunonye Madubuike, in a Federal High Court in Lagos, for selling fake Emzolyn with codeine cough syrup.

The defendant was first arraigned on a one count charge of the offence, before Justice Babs Kuewumi, who has now been transferred to the Ado-Ekiti division of the court.

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He had pleaded not guilty before Kuewumi.

On Thursday, March 14, the defendant was re-arraigned before a new judge, Justice Maureen Onyetenu, following Kuewumi’s transfer, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Legit.ng gathers that he also pleaded not guilty to the offence and was allowed to continue on the earlier bail granted by the court.

Justice Onyetenu has fixed May 15 for substantive trial.

In the criminal charge signed by the prosecution counsel, Washington Adume, the defendant was alleged to have committed the offence on April 24, 2018.

He was alleged to have sold Emzolyn with codeine cough syrup at Sheraton Hotel in Akiti Avenue Lagos, which is a place not licensed or registered by the appropriate authority.

The prosecution said that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 2(a) of the Counterfeit and Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, Cap C34, Laws of the Federation, 2004.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, ‎on Thursday, December 6, said the society should not criminalise those addicted to hard drugs.

She made the remark at the official flag-off of Youth Against Drug Abuse (YADA) campaign in Kano state, organised by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in collaboration with Young Pharmacists Group(YPG) at the Government House, Kano.

According to her, rather than isolating and discriminating, the society should look beyond the problem and begin to look at the main cause of the problem and address it for a lasting solution.

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