arraigned at the Federal High Court, Awka, by the National Agency for
Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on two-count charges
of importing and selling fake cosmetic products at God’s Mercy and
Miracle line, Ogbaru main market, Onitsha , Anambra state.
charges, Oba, who resides at No.5 Ugochukwu Lane, Nkpor in Onitsha on or
about the 25th day of October 2017 at God’s Mercy Line, Ogbaru Main
Market, “did sell cosmetics to writ, Eva soap without registration
number and thereby committed an offence contrary to section1 (1) of the
Food, Drugs and related Products (Registration) Act CAP F. 33 LFN 2004
which is punishable under section 6 (1) (a) of the same Act.”
did sell to writ , Eva Soap in a manner that is false and thereby
committed an offence contrary to section 5 (a) of food and drugs at CAP
F32 LFN 2004 and punishable under section 17 of the same Act.
the trial Judge, Justice I. N. Oweibo with the sum of N500,000 but to
remain in the custody of her own lawyer, Amaka Ezeno Esq till December
13, when the matter was adjourned for trial.
Washington, while warning against the influx of fake and substandard
products in various markets in the country, said Eva complexion care
soap in many exciting variants, is manufactured in Nigeria solely by
Evans industries limited, Ikeja, Lagos State, while warning the public
to beware of all cloned or unregistered products.
Enforcement officers working on a tip-off had last Monday impounded fake
and adulterated products worth over N20 million at the Relief and
Police Officers Wives Association (POWA) Markets, all in Onitsha, the
business hub of Anambra State.
Goya Extra Virgin Cooking Oil, unregistered alcoholic beverages – Baby
Oku and White Mischief, imported Olivea Vegetable Oil and locally made
insecticides which the agency said posed a major risk to human health.
Over seven shops filled with the counterfeited products were closed down
by the agency while two suspects were arrested.
Investigation and Enforcement Directorate, Mr. Kingsley Ejiofor, who led
the operation, said the action would help curb the menace of
counterfeiting of food and drug products in Nigeria. Ejiofor who
promised to clampdown on importers, distributors and marketers still
stocking banned regulated products, said the impounded vegetable oil and
alcoholic beverages were below standard, uncertified and not registered
products they buy and should also demand for receipt of any product they
purchase to enable them to track the fakers within the markets. Ejiofor
further affirmed that importers of fake products into the country would
get life sentence once the National Assembly approves a bill by the
agency seeking for such punishment, urging traders and citizens to
report suspicious activities to the agency.