By Ebere Chukuwma
For years, the sale of fake wine and pharmaceutical drugs have been a thriving business in Lagos and other parts of Nigeria. This is because the Fake product manufacturers who are scattered all over the country have already established the market for their products which are competing with the brand owners product.
The situation is worse in Lagos where the fake product manufacturers are scattered in different parts of the state. The fake product may have got a match in years, Imohimi, a no-nonsense Cop and the state Commissioner of
With the support of Ibahim Idris, the Inspector General of Police, Imohimi was said to have prepared himself to deal with the the fake product manufacturers to rid the Lagos market of adulterated products, particular wine, fruit juice and Pharmaceutical drugs.
Giving an insider information, the police Commissioner disclosed that on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, the Command received information about a fake wine brewery in an uncompleted one-story building at Aboru area of Oke Odo, where alcoholic beverages were being produced.
Armed with the information, he was said to have directed the Area Commander, Area P, Alagbado, to mobilise to the scene,” search and seal off the illegal factory”. The fake product product manufacturer who were caught in the act according to a source ,was said to have made arrangement to push their products into the market both within and outside Lagos before the police Crack team from Area P,Alagbado, swooped on them to close down the illegal factory for further production to avoid sending victims to their untimely death.
The Area P, police team who went on the operation were said to have recovered during their search of the factory 4000 bottles of already produced,
Imohimi, confirmed that ”assorted fake wine and fruit juice were produced” at the fake factory and pushed into the Nigeria market. The Lagos police boss, who could not wait to get all the detailed information about the factory was said to have visited it to see things himself.
His worry was that the suspect, a 48 year -old man has no requisite qualification or license to embark on such business. The suspect was said to have told the police that he was still awaiting the approval from the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration, NAFDAC, to ”commence commercial production of the drinks to save his face.
Residents of the Oke Odo area were said to have celebrated the arrest of the suspect , who they described as a ”criminal because of the number of customers who have died taking his fake wine and fruit juice.
The Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team, led by Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, who had had busted many notorious crime syndicates may have set the stage to deal with the fake product manufacturers in Lagos when they uncovered an illegal drug factory at Ikotun area in Alimosho local government area of the state.
Acting on information, the IGP team was said to have swooped on the illegal drug factory where substantial production and packaging ready for distribution of fake drugs to different markets across the country were carried out.
Kyari and his team members were said to have arrested four suspects in the act of producing the fake suspected drugs with the use of machines fabricated locally for processing, manufacturing and packaging of the suspected of the suspected fake drugs.
According the police DCP, the items recovered from the illegal drug factory at Ikotun were plastic buckets of different types, suspected fake drugs, cartons of packed fake drugs for distribution, large quantity of unprocessed chemicals and other substances that were used in manufacturing the suspected fake drugs and forged Pharmaceutical papers.
Jimoh Moshood, a DCP, and acting Force Spokesman disclosed that four suspects have been arrested in
He confirmed that the suspects would be prosecuted as a deterrence to others in the same business. There are indications that the the suspected recovered fake drugs , fruit juice and the Pharmaceutical drugs would be handed over to NAFDAC, for further Investigation.
Recall that as part of the inter agency relationship, the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, would hand the 59 ”40” Containers loaded with tramadol intercepted at the seaports to the agency for further Investigations.
Joseph Attah, a Deputy Comptroller of Customs disclosed that
40 of the ”40” Containers were interceted at Apapa port, Tincan Island, 10
and Onne , 9. the Court had earlier given a judgment for the destruction of 12 tramadol ”40”